This weekend I listened to a Ted talk given by Dr. Sandeep Jauhar, a cardiologist.  His topic was titled: How Your Emotions Change the Shape of Your Heart.  Fascinating information, to say the least. My recommendation is to listen to it for yourself to derive the full impact.

What struck me was Dr. Jauhar’s reference to takotsubo, which is a type of cardiomyopathy, commonly known as “broken heart syndrome.” In case you’re unfamiliar with this term, takotsubo refers to a Japanese pot that has a wide base and a narrow neck.  It is known to contribute to arrhythmias, a weakened heart, and in extreme cases, even death.

Dr. Jauhar states that takotsubo is linked to stressful situations, including public speaking.  He goes on to state that our emotional heart intersects with its biological counterpart in surprising and mysterious ways.  How does this apply to you or to those you know?

What I took away from this riveting talk is that psychosocial factors have a clear role when it comes to cardiovascular risk.  Yet another good key reason to address any potential angst we may experience when it comes to being an effective public speaker.  Now is the time to proactively take care of you, your heart, and your overall well-being.  It may start with addressing how to speak in public.

I’m here to offer you any guidance that would be helpful.