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We all view information through our own lens…but sometimes it helps to change your lens. If you’re a public speaker, like me, you may have some of the following thoughts:  This group makes me feel really nervous, I hope my presentation goes over well, I’m not sure I prepared enough in advance, Maybe I should use a different approach, What if I forget something…

The list could go on indefinitely, but you get the point. Many of us label these reactions as fear, phobia, or some form of nervousness or anxiety.  Frequently, my clients have stated these thoughts and therefore we practice what they’re going to say and give them the necessary tools to ensure their success.  One strategy I’ve employed is to change your lens or what is more commonly known as reframing.

You’ve probably heard that the brain is extremely powerful and therefore we have the opportunity to reshape what we tell ourselves which then impacts what we ultimately believe.  For example, you may think the following: This is a fantastic opportunity to grow and change, I’m looking forward to interacting with this group of individuals, It’s exciting to have the chance to share my information. These thoughts are a form of reframing that anyone can try and potentially get positive results. It’s important to know that having these thoughts takes time, persistence, and practice.  Therefore, I encourage you to be patient when it comes to seeing results.

While it’s human to view something as different and possibly a danger, it’s also human to see great potential and opportunity. The goal for my clients is to not avoid public speaking but rather to embrace it.  Once you change your lens the whole horizon becomes available and you can pursue whatever you desire.  It’s a matter of choice.

Ready to change your lens?