Standing up in front of a number of people, receiving their focussed attention & possible criticism is a natural thing to be nervous about – particularly if the subject is something important that we care about.
But where presentation nerves cause an unconscious automatic physical & emotional response eg anxiety, blushing, sweaty palms, palpitations, unsteady speech etc.. they become a phobia.
Fear of public speaking or presentations is the most common of phobias. Often a fear of speaking up has been developed from lessons learned in childhood eg “Little children should be seen & not heard”, “don’t get too big for your boots”, humiliation reading out in class, bullying by peers – there are many opportunities for the unconscious mind to decide presenting is a dangerous & painful practice.
Events that still upset us when we think about them today are lodged in our unconscious as things to avoid. We only put our hand in a flame once! The unconscious mind is ever vigilant to avoid repeating negative experiences and so causes us to go into fight or flight mode when it detects we are straying into dangerous territory.
Emotional freedom techniques (EFT) are great at dissolving the original negativity set up by early experiences of speaking up in front of people. Enabling us to feel neutral about past events & therefore our protective response is turned off with regard to presenting.
Using Hypnotherapy we reduce stress levels & practice presenting with a calm mind & physiology. The unconscious mind cannot tell the difference between really experiencing something & imagining it. The same circuits are fired off in the brain when we actually do something as when we just imagine doing it. So by practicing presenting in a positive way the unconscious mind becomes open to the idea that presenting could be safe & productive – enjoyable even.
Hypnotherapy sessions are recorded on cd to reinforce the changes from the session at home.
As with most phobias, fear of presentations or public speaking is often resolved in 3 sessions – the first session is 75mins followed by 2×1 hour weekly sessions.
If you would like to discuss your needs further or make an appointment please call me on 07946 526 838 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org