In Susan Adams article, Why Public Speaking Scares You and How to Overcome Your Fear, she highlights the work of Jane Praeger, a NYC media and presentation coach.
Praeger stands by the standard advice: know your material and the audience, practice your speech, check out the room in advance, do relaxation exercises like deep breathing, don’t apologize for being nervous.
Great advice. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE is a Career-ology mantra!
Adams continues to report. . .
But Praeger says the most important lesson she’s learned as a coach is that most people have no idea where their public speaking phobia comes from. Praeger says that once she does some detective work with her clients, she can uncover the source, get her client to see it, and usually make the fear evaporate.