Public speaking in the workplace

Most of us are called on to speak publicly in our workplaces at some stage, whether it be a formal presentation, a de-brief with the boss, a meeting with employees, making an important phone call, a sales pitch to a client, or similar.

While some do everything they can to avoid it, there usually comes a time when being out of the spotlight just isn’t possible.

Giving a good public speaking performance can advance our careers. For example, in an interview situation, speaking confidently can go a long way towards getting you the job you want. Being a confident public speaker in your workplace may be beneficial in terms of increasing your chances of promotion and moving into managerial positions.

Equally, if you’re too frightened to be interviewed or move into a role requiring you to speak or perform in public, you limit your chances of career success.   At worst, a fear of public speaking or performing can severely set back online casino australia and even ruin careers.

Several  instances of this happening to public figures spring to mind. For example, during a concert in in New York’s Central Park in 1967, Barbra Streisand, the famous American singer and actor, forgot the lyrics to a song.  After the experience, Streisand didn’t perform in public for almost 30 years.

Recently I also read a very interesting article about Tom Durkin, who was the voice of horse racing in America. After calling the Kentucky Derby 13 times, Durkin decided in 2011 to end his contract with NBC Sports because of the anxiety and panic he felt leading into the event and calling the race. After trying several cures, Durkin admitted:

“It’s something I have dealt with a long, long time and the cumulative effect finally got to me … It’s like you’re getting hit on the head with a hammer, and you do everything you can to make it better — you take aspirin and put a bandage on it, but eventually you got to take your head out from beneath the hammer. Life is too short and precious.”

You can read about Durkin’s story here.

I think the story is sad because Tom Durkin could have overcome his anxiety and panic with some very simple, proven methods of managing public speaking anxiety.

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