Fearless Presence in Public Speaking 14 Sep 2019
Do you suffer from overwhelming nervousness and anxiety at the mere thought of having to speak in front of an audience or give a presentation at work? You are not alone, we did the research and found that 1 in 5 people have the same crippling fear. We believe it to be much higher, most fearing it even more than death! In London alone this is at least 1.3 million people. So, don’t worry, you are completely normal, well… as normal as anyone can be.
We also discovered that researchers are saying what we have already known here at re-source for quite some time: what you say to an audience isn’t nearly as important as how you say it. Studies suggest that effective presentations are 38% your voice, 55% non-verbal communication, and only 7% your content.
This research totally supports what we believe which is that quality of presence is everything (well almost everything at 93%). We don’t offer any teaching around speech writing or focusing on content, there are plenty of other trainers out there focusing on that, what we specialize in is Relational Presence and helping you to be able to enjoy Public Speaking.
How often in your daily lives do you really feel nourished by the aliveness in your connections with others? How often do you feel really seen and received? How present really are you being in all your relationships and to what degree are you just running on auto? Are you enjoying your life right now or are you just constantly dreaming of a future when you will? Do you even dare to dream?
It is our experience that whatever difficulties you experience when giving a speech or presentation are the same difficulties that you will encounter in your daily lives and vice-versa. The progress you make on our courses will both offer you the gift of relaxed and authentic presence when speaking in public and have a positive impact on many other areas of your life, including your relationships both business and personal.
We don’t teach you strategies to manage your difficult feelings when speaking, because we know that management equals tension and, at a subtle level, that tension will be felt and experienced by your audience. If you want to make a powerful impact on an audience, the kind of impact that forces people to notice and remember you for all the right reasons, then managing your feelings in front of an audience will not get you there. Transforming your feelings and inspiring people with your relaxed and powerful presence definitely will!
Medicine For A Modern Illness
In an age where mobile telephones and online social media are constantly bombarding our senses and preventing us from being truly present in relation to other human beings, the work of relational presence is crucially needed.
Our generation has forgotten how to relax and enjoy the simplicities of life and the joys of human connection. For instance, there have been many studies that support the hypothesis that there is a correlation between smartphone usage and social anxiety. I would take this a big step further and suggest that our obsessions with communication technology are destroying our relationships to one another and the very foundations of what make us positively human are being shaken to their core.
In an age where fragmentation is becoming the norm, with the climate crisis looming and the political right wing moving closer to becoming the new centre of political discourse, we are losing ourselves in this smog of chaos and confusion. Relational Presence offers us a way back to finding ourselves again, illuminating everything that is not in our control (which is mostly everything) and just leaving us with the simple and essential truth of who we are and a deeper sense of wellbeing. I like to say that we are human beings not human doings.
When did everything get so complicated? What we offer in our training is powerful and most important of all simple. We don’t teach mental strategies or complicated theories and we don’t encourage long-winded heady speeches. Here at re-source we believe that achieving rawness and simplicity in our communication is the key to fearless public speaking and authentic presence.