Do you panic with debilitating anxiety at the thought of giving a presentation?
Do you shake when you do public speaking?
Are you unable to think when giving a speech?
If so, then perhaps you are a victim of emotional hikacking, when your emotions prevent you from thinking straight. Liz Shaw from The Writing Reader gives us a way of overcoming these overwhelming emoptional responses that hijack our brain.
The emcee speaks your name. Your heart begins to pound, you break out in a cold sweat, and you can’t catch your breath. Even as you approach him, your brain is casting about for a means of escape from this horrible fate. You shake his hand and imagine that he winces from the clamminess of it. You try to speak, but your mouth is so dry that even if you could think of what to say, you couldn’t manage more than a croak.
If this is how you feel when you are called upon to speak in public, you are not alone. Research indicates that public speaking is the number one fear among adults. Three out of four adults are terrified to speak in public. This fear holds them back in their careers and their personal life.
Once, while delivering a speech with full notes, I laid my notes on the lectern. The words disappeared from the pages. I tried rubbing my eyes and squinting, but the words remained blurred, reappearing only after I sat down after the speech. If your emotions hijack you when speaking in public, at work, on a date, or other situations, start to take charge of your life by reading Liz Shaw`s article How to Prevent Emotional Hijacking.