The Angles of Lattitude Podcast

Getting Over The Fear Of Public Speaking - The Stage Fright Cure With Marti MacEwan (AoL 088)

May 18, 2017

Show Notes:

Stage fright, fear of public speaking, or performance anxiety are things that many people, especially creatives, have to deal with to achieve some sort of success in their lives.

If you want your message to be heard, then you're just going to have to deal with it - so many of the experts say.

How exactly do you deal with it?

Personally, I've always struggled with it as far back as I can remember. It prevented me from joining the debate team in high school and it also prevented me from trying to achieve more in band. Later, when I was in college, I couldn't help but have a dear in headlights look in my communications classes... and then finally, when I hit grad school, it was really a fight or flight situation. Either I get over it and teach 6 classes of 30+ students, or don't go to grad school. I had no interest to do research.

Those classes were rough, but I made it through.

For today's guest, Marti MacEwan, she had a similar struggle. It suddenly hit her when she attempted to sing - but couldn't.

From that point on, she made it a point to figure out why she couldn't. And she came to find out that it stemmed all the way back to her childhood.

As she found out where her fear actually came from, she learned to cope with it. What she found out she later shared in her book: The Stage Fright Cure.

In today's chat, Veronica and I learn from Marti more about this path of hers, where the book came from, and some really good tips for you if you're struggling with stage fright.

Thanks for listening, and enjoy the show!