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Stage fright by Marisa Peer

Speaking in public is one of the most common human fears – even for people who have found great success in business or who are accomplished professionals. Marisa Peer tells us how to get over this fear.


The fear of getting up in front of a group of people and speaking – even about a topic that is familiar – is something that affects millions of people.

In some ways, fear of public speaking is somewhat irrational when you compare it to other phobias or fears people commonly have. Fears of flying or of dogs, for example, are more understandable as both of those things could potentially pose a threat to safety in extreme cases. But nevertheless, the fear of public speaking is far more prevalent – so much so that my public speaking audio download is always one of my top selling products.

When you look a little deeper though, there’s a very good reason for our fear of speaking in public. One of the most enduring needs of human beings is to be accepted. Our fear of public speaking is, at its core, more a fear of rejection than anything else. We are still tribal people at our core and our need not be rejected is due to the fact when we belong to a group, our survival is more likely. Nowadays your survival on the planet is not linked to your need to belong to a group, so your fear of public speaking has no value. This means that you can let go of it.

Many people who are good at driving fail driving test after driving test because they are not good at being judged and examined. So many people go into situations where they are being assessed and feel tense and anxious because they put too much store on the possibility that they could fail. So particularly for public speaking, when the scenario is often filmed or in front of numerous important people, our fear of being judged and rejected goes into overdrive.

Ideas that have a strong emotional content always reach the subconscious mind because it is the feeling mind. Once accepted, these ideas create the same reactions in the body again and again. So if you have strong negative emotions linked to taking risks like speaking in public, they will move into your subconscious mind and have a very real and negative effect on you physically. All of a sudden you will feel that your physical reaction to speaking in front of a crowd – sweating, dry mouth, nausea, and forgetting your speech – are all things you can’t control.

The solution is changing fear to excitement. It sounds quite simple, but if you have positive emotions associated with public speaking then the effect your thoughts and emotions have on you is positive.

The way you feel or react to anything is down to just two things:

  • The pictures you make in your head and the words you say to yourself. If you can change these for the better, you will change how you feel act and react when you are speaking in public.
  • Weeks before a speech, start reciting a positive script. Tell yourself whenever you need to speak to a group or an audience you do it easily naturally and with phenomenal confidence. Your voice is clear and confident and people understand what you are saying. Your words are always completely and perfectly understood because you define yourself easily. People listen to you they respect you; you receive a great deal of warmth and appreciation whenever you speak in public. You communicate easily and effectively with good energy. Your excellent mind quickly and cleverly supplies you with a solution and answer to any situation or question.

The more you assure yourself of this, the less your body will have those negative physical reactions when it comes time to give a speech. With my clients, I reach them on the subconscious level via hypnosis to change their inner script. The most important thing to remember is that if you aren’t worried about being rejected, you won’t be worried about speaking in front of others.


Marisa’s audio download “Overcome Fear of Public Speaking” is available on her website: http://www.marisapeer.com/fear-of-speaking-in-public/



Marisa Peer

There are few speakers today that have the wide experience and stellar reputation of Marisa Peer. Named Britain’s best therapist by Tatler magazine, Marisa has spent nearly three decades treating a client list that includes international superstars, CEOs, Royalty, and Olympic athletes. Her engaging and amusing talks are peppered with anecdotes from an unparalleled career in which she has helped thousands of people to overcome profound personal issues. A best-selling author of four books, Marisa's USP is that she teaches "simple steps that produce dramatic and life-changing results". She seamlessly brings her one-of-a-kind therapy room techniques to the podium, leaving her audiences both transfixed and transformed. Her acclaimed “Mastermind Your Life” series focuses on the thought patterns and mental habits that can be detrimental or beneficial to our success, depending on how we use them. When she reveals to audiences her fundamental rule—that all our emotional and personal problems come from us believing that we’re not ‘enough’—and explains how to overcome it, the results are tremendous and dramatic. Training early in her career as a child psychologist, Marisa later earned further qualifications from the Hypnosis Training Institute of Los Angeles and the Pritikin Longevity Centre. In addition to being a national magazine columnist, she has appeared on major media outlets and television shows including GMTV, Lorraine Kelly, This Morning, Sky News, ITV News, BBC News, Channel 4 News, BBC Radio, Supersize Versus Superskinny, Celebrity Fit Club, Celebrity Big Brother, and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. She has also appeared on countless television programs and news channels in America, Scandinavia, Japan, Africa and throughout Europe

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