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We’re all pretty familiar with stress and typically associate it with something negative.  Right so far?  Having stress is quite normal in that it’s a natural part of our life.  However, how we react to that stress and what we do with it is an entirely different subject.

As a Corporate Communication & Speech Specialist (Profitable Speech) since 1994, I’ve had the privilege of assisting business professionals know how to sound their best. Since that applies to giving in-person and virtual presentations, networking, conducting meetings, interviewing, and even speaking on the phone, I often hear my clients saying they experience stress.  Let’s face it—any form of public speaking may be stressful for some of us, however it doesn’t have to be.  In fact, some stress may even be healthy.

What I tell  my clients is that they should make a conscious effort in how they interpret stress.  Specifically, that means the following:

  1. Understand and welcome feelings of stress as they’re one way your body prepares for something different.
  2. The “fight or flight” syndrome that many of us experience can not be turned off as it is a natural bodily reaction.
  3. Reframe any anxiety you feel into excitement.  Instead of saying “I’m worried/anxious” try saying “I’m excited.”
  4. When our bodies experience this form of stress, it’s really the boost.  We all need this boost of energy as it keeps us at a high performance level vs. being low key.
  5. Any nervousness we may feel is often temporary and generally subsides within moments.  Knowing what you’re feeling will be short-lived is quite helpful.
  6. Often what I’ve described is thought of as channeling.  This means you’re transforming how you experience stress into a useful tool.
  7. Part of channeling is to consistently remind yourself of your expertise and how much time you’ve spent creating and practicing a valuable message.

Always remember that your ultimate goal is not about perfection but is about serving the needs of your audience and providing benefit.  Want to discuss this? You’re welcome to call 518-664-6004.