Drugs for public speaking fear: Should I take Beta Blockers?

Beta blockers are a class of drugs for anxiety that block the action of adrenaline in the body. Therefore the physical symptoms of the stress response are reduced. I’m often asked if they should they used for public speaking fear? Firstly, beta blockers are not officially drugs for anxiety, but cardiac medications. However, by reducing some of the More…

Public Speaking Anxiety Evaporates with Clarity

Public Speaking anxiety is directly linked to the amount of uncertainty we feel. The key is dealing with the cause speaking anxiety (uncertainty), not the symptoms (anxiety)!    Why do we feel public speaking anxiety? The symptoms of speaking anxiety can take many forms – feeling sick, a shaky voice, sleepless nights, dry mouth – but they all More…

Public Speaking Anxiety: Choose fear or fun

Public speaking anxiety can be dissolved. You can CHOOSE the way adrenaline affects you when public speaking.   Could public speaking anxiety be fun? Psychologist Stanley Schacter has conducted experiments on the way people label the physical symptoms of anxiety. Using many inputs, including a drug similar to adrenaline, he set up two different scenarios. More…

Understand the Stress Response: Skate park vs public speaking

I like to rollerblade and thought the skate park would be fun. Here’s what I learned… Firstly, the straight ramps are very different to the curved ramps. After 15 minutes of sensibly building my confidence on the straight ramps I jumped down a curved ramp. About a minute later I woke up face down on More…

Public Speaking: how to stop racing through presentations

Q: “How do I stop racing through presentations? I always find myself rushing.  What’s the best way to pace myself?”   This is a common thing when public speaking. The question is WHY are you rushing through your presentations? Is it because you are nervous and want it to be over now? Is it because More…