By John Plester, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Coach, Norwich, Norfolk.
You have consented to present some business ideas to your colleagues. This type of thing mostly makes you feel somewhat anxious, but you tell yourself you are going to be fine. However, as the meeting swiftly approaches, you start to wish you’d never decided to do it. Simply thinking about yourself talking in front of a room full of men and women makes your heart begin to race.
Does any of that ring a bell?
It is actually not as strange as you might believe. It’s calculated that as many as 10 % of people in the UK feel some level of social anxiety, this is 6.3 million people.
Just how do presentation nerves affect us?
Anxiety about public speaking can make life extremely difficult and can have a major effect on a person’s life; from quitting college or not being able to come across positively in job interviews, to avoiding promotion in the workplace if the new role entails making presentations.
A handful of prevalent signs and symptoms are:
Sweating or getting hot
Going red in the face
A feeling of sickness or stomach trouble
Stammering when speaking
Anxiety-induced sleeping disorder
A hypnotic approach for presentation nervousness and speaking in public
Presentation nerves can originate from earlier feelings of shame or embarrassment from our childhood. Although we don’t remember them, these ordeals are saved in the subconscious and make up the conscious thoughts we've got about ourselves, like ‘I can’t speak in front of a lot of people because I’ll end up saying something stupid’.
By helping the client into a state of deep relaxation, the hypnotherapist can access the client’s subconscious mind and build new, beneficial suggestions about the person’s potential to handle social circumstances. As well as helping the customer feel more confident with speaking in public, through freeing the individual of some of their negative self-beliefs the hypnotherapist can also support them in experiencing improvements in countless other areas of their lives.
Social anxiety is fairly easy and straightforward to treat with a hypnotic approach.
After only a few sessions, a lot of clients will soon experience a considerable change in the way they respond to social settings and situations.
A hypnotic approach for presentation nerves can:
Help you to feel on top of things and confident during speeches
Get involved in conventions, networking, and sales calls without any anxiety and fear.
Feel at ease being the centre of attention.
Find speaking in public pleasant!
Not only does hypnotherapy for presentation nerves help with business pursuits, it can also assist in countless other social settings, like giving successful and confident wedding speeches and toasts, or when standing up at a PTA meeting.
I have helped hundreds of people over the years with both the fear of public speaking and the anxiety symptoms some people feel during it, enabling clients to give authentic natural and comfortable presentations or speeches whether at work or for leisure and family occassions.
I have developed a five session programme specifically for this problem. The first couple of sessions will deal with the fear or anxiety using state-of-the-art methods such as NLP and Thought Field Therapy. The remaining sessions are for coaching new confident presentation skills and integrating them subconsciously using hypnosis, so you have a confident skill set to present in public. Check out this website for more detail on this programme. Additional sessions can be added if more coaching and practice is required.
John Plester is the Principal Tutor of the East Anglian Institute of Hypnotherapy and has trained extensively over the last 15 years in NLP, TFT and Hypnotherapy for many colleges and institutions. John's local corporate client list for public speaking training includes May Gurney, Norfolk County Council, Breckland District Council, Aviva to name but a few.