Challenge: Public Speaking – Getting over the aversion of speaking in front of a crowd.

“All great speakers where bad speakers at first.” – Emerson.

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Fear of public in front of a crowd is not a problem if you don’t plan to share anything. But a lot of us can clearly see the value of transmitting our knowledge verbally but struggle with stage anxiety or inability to communicate efficiently.

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The Lab Report – 014 – “Public Speaking”

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THE MISSION:

To combat my aversion towards public speaking I joined a speaking club, Toastmasters, with the goal of writing and presenting 10 speeches in front of a room full of people.

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SHORT TERM EFFECTS: ⭐️⭐️

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– People at the club was friendly and supportive. Seeing me maybe reminded them of of what a mess they where when they started out.

– it was dreadful the days before my speeches. I noticed myself wanting to practice all the time and I became irritable when I couldn’t.

– The day of the speech I couldn’t concentrate at work at all.

– The feeling after the speech was an endorphine high!

– I struggled in all aspects; picking subject, structure, gestures, delivery.

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THE PROCESS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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– An endeavor like this demands a huge energy investment. It takes a lot of time to prepare a speech.

– The learning curve is enjoyable. For each speech you feel a noticeable improvement.

– There is advantages is to seeing yourself on video. How you imagine yourself acting and sounding are not always aligned with reality.

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LONG TERM EFFECTS: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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– Finally, after 10 speeches, I can see myself as someone who can stand in front a crowd. And it doesn’t make my stomach turn.

– I can communicate with more clarity, I use the tools I’ve learned to get, and keep, peoples attention to a greater degree than before.

– I’m less bothered about being in the center of attention.

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FINAL VERDICT: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Taking care of my anxiety around public speaking is one of the best decisions of my life. It’s benefits and the way it changes your self-perceptions spills out to other aspects of life. —

I still got ways to go, but it’s a start!

⁉️What anxieties limits you? 🤔⁉️

More experiments right here!

My Book Year in Review – Part 1

⚖️ This year had a rough start with severe work-life balance issues but now I feel I have greater momentum than ever going into 2019.

🛠 I promised myself to make 2018 a very practical year and it has been just that! A lot has been done during the year that I’m very proud of:

✅ – Nicotine free (100+ days in!)

✅ – Established a mediations habit (80 consecutive today)

✅ – Preformed 5 speeches.

✅ – Co-founded a small book club

✅ – Kept my gym and running routine for another year.

✅ – Stoic challenges!

✅ – Started the ’Video Content Club’.

✅ – Did my first Podcast appearance.

✅ – Made new friends!

✅ – One post a week on Instagram.

✅ – Had a great year with my family!

📚 There has also been time for books; more than 40 of them! And the coming days I will post about the five books that stood out the most for me in 2018!

❓What practical actions did you take during the year? I know a lot about your intellectual achievements, now I want to hear about the practical stuff! 🤔