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According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” – Jerry Seinfeld

The palpitation, the sweat, the lightheadedness, the horror or the fear of public speaking tops the list. It even finds its place right there to be at the top No:1 position beating the word ‘Death’. While I was searching for some more facts to discuss in today’s article other than my story of how I defeated my own Mr. Jungle monster called -Mike+Stage+Public = Mr. India (Not to be confused with the Title Mr. India World, a male beauty peagant , it’s one of our Hindi Movies where the Hero knows the Art of becoming Invisible, cut the long story short – something like Hollow-man) I tumbled upon the Fear of Public Speaking phobia’s name it’s called the Glossophobia or speech anxiety. It is the fear of public speaking or of speaking in general. The word Glossophobia comes from the Greek γλῶσσα glōssa, meaning tongue, and φόβος phobos, fear or dread.

It is even estimated that about 75% of people suffer from fear of speech anxiety which makes it the most common fear that exists in the world today.

The number one Fear of the most powerful nation in the world – The United States of America is Public speaking. It is listed as American’s number-one fear, before death at number five, and loneliness, weighing in at number seven. Guess that means that most of us are less afraid of dying alone than of making fools of ourselves in front of others.

I could still go on with some 1000 more interesting facts and quotes that are available there in the Internet which most of you all must have read, seen or heard somewhere. Is that the whole purpose of writing this article, well No! But the above facts is just a glimpse of what we say today “Making a mountain out of a mole” today it did seem like a mole to me, but back then, at the age of 13, it didn’t. It was a Mount Everest my teacher was asking me to climb, oh while writing this, I remember reading that the fear of public speaking starts somewhere around the age of 13. Which means the world is as big as our mind imagines and at the age of 13 we have imagined our Jungle Monster to be as huge as a hulk!

“It takes one hour of preparation for each minute of presentation time” – Wayne Burgraff.

“There are only two types of speakers in the world. 1. The nervous and 2. Liars.” – Mark Twain

“90% of how well the talk will go is determined before the speaker steps on the platform.” – Somers White

Today these quotes make so much sense to me than never before. In this world of rat race where everyone wants to achieve, accomplish and ace the essence of an art we trying to manoeuvre skilfully ever since we have taken up a job or a role which defines or demands us to deliver The Talking. The Storytelling. The Presenting, we are losing and we are winning!

So if these are the facts about the speech anxiety or the fear of public speaking we human kind are facing today, then we shouldn’t be having the world-famous presenters standing right there in front of us like “A knight in shining armor”

This says we have stopped looking beyond, we have stopped looking inside ourselves, we have stopped looking around us and we have stopped looking at what it takes to become what we have always wanted to be; but rather we have started looking at ourselves in a happy state where we are.

As Robin Sharma tweeted an extra ordinary tweet today it read: “The smallest of action is always better than the noblest of intentions” Isn’t it so true with regard to becoming the presenter you dreamt you were?

We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.”
―  Max DePree

So now comes the million dollar question, OK Ramya, that sounds so much me and true yes, but how do I become the presenter I have dreamt I had always wanted to be?

How do I give that one speech I have practiced a million times to perfections but hasn’t been able give one minuscule opportunity to myself to go up there and stand and deliver for the fear of what others think of me has engulfed my world of words?

How do I smoothly transit from where I am to where I need to be?

How do I become a public speaker or a Perfect Presenter who can gain that confidence every time I need to face my team/meetings/ clients/reviews and discussions?

How do I overcome the Flight vs Fight syndrome before every presentations that I need to make?

There are a Zillion courses available, how do I wave my Magic Wand once, to know which one is right for me?

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Was that ok?

Alright, this is it, I am now here in front of you, writing about my first upcoming public workshop – Present to Impact~Intensive! It’s a 2 day course, I have capsuled with most easy, effective and efficient method that will help you ease your breath in your presentation. Before even I begin going deep into that, shouldn’t you know about me a bit, I mean Who am I? What is it about Presentation Skills? Why should you reserve a seat for yourself there? and Why in mine?

Well, I’m about to take you to the year 1994, that was the time I was in my 6th grade, I’m sure, as my reader you can picturise me as a tiny thin girl in my school uniform just stepping into her high school with new and old friends, new building, new set of teachers and new set of challenges that was waiting to unwrap into her night mares. It was in her after noon class that her language teacher was making some announcements about the upcoming elocution competition, did I forget to mention “Inter-School” Yes, you read it right, “Inter – School Elocution competition” and she was asking for students nominations and I, was sitting in one those corner benches playing “Name Place Animal Things” with my bench mate, happy in my own bubble. I heard Ramya being called, luckily I have 3 Ramya’s in my class and for the first time in my life I remembered thanking my mom for keeping that “Common Name” otherwise which I use to complain about, then thunder bolt struck, breaking my bubble and bringing me back to my senses making me realize we were in our language class, and the other 2 Ramya’s have chosen Hindi and French leaving me the one and only Ramya in my class.

I stood up with trembling feet and any minute about to cry look in my face, she calls me close to her and I walk, I still remember that walk I took with heavy palpitation and for the first time feeling, heart coming out of the mouth, hate it. She took pity on me, anyone who saw me that minute eventually would have, but that pitiness dint last long for she had called me to ask some basic questions of my primary school and confirming my last name to go in for the nomination list. My world swirled back in and around me! Ramya Rajagopal – Representing Anna Adarsh Matriculation Higher Secondary School for the Inter – School Elocution Competition! yeah right, first time in my life I experienced “Heart-Attack” may be would the Guinness World Record team had known this news then, today I would have held a record for the Worlds youngest to have survived a massive heart-attack at the age of 10!

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I retaliated, I argued, I fought, I cried, days passed, stood in front of her teacher’s cabin during mid-breaks, lunch-breaks, and even after the school hours while she use to correct the students notes and test papers ignoring one live specimen standing in front of her asking her to take my name off the list and letting me live free from those night mares I started getting the very first day my name was announced. I thought of taking my mom to my rescue, but knowing her she would consider not to hear me out but to congratulate my teacher for her action. I was such a shy kid! Days kept passing and I kept trying hard, harder and hardest to convince her I’m no good. She chose to speak to me one final day seeing my determination, my winning antenna was flittering all sides in joy.

Her spoken words “Ramya watching you for the last couple of days, I can see that you are a very strong and persuasive child who will go way out to get your things done, and that is making me feel right about my decision in nominating your name. Rather than wasting your time standing here and convince me otherwise, why don’t you go up their to the library and prepare.You are representing your School, remember. Prepare to lose or else Prepare to Win! Choose your choice Ramya, and I chose latter!

Today after 21 years, when I look back connecting the dots,that nomination was the best ever thing that happened to me in my life. I was left with no choice than Fight~Prepare~Win, rest is a history!

Listening to Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Garr Reynolds, Nancy Duarte, Robin Sharma, Dr.Sashi Tharoor,Devdutt Pattnaik, Arunachalam Muruganandham , Shekar Kapoor, Nandan Nilekani and many other extra ordinary presenters and innovative minds, I had a dream of becoming one of these legends, but then I took a step back and saw the same names one more time, this time mine written beneath theirs and I saw my name blur, that minute I realized, I can be a much better Ramya than be a pretend Oprah!

With over 12 years of experience in Corporate Training and Experiential Learning, imparted training to over 1,00,000 participants through 1,500 and more training programs in 3 countries and 21 years of experience in Public speaking and Presentations, today I stand in front of you as a Erickson College International Certified Business and Life Skill Coach. ” When you learn, teach; When You get, give!

For all those people who take their trembling walk every morning towards the team/client/business/sales meetings, for all those who survive a massive heart attack right before presenting their ideas, for all those who want to give a killer presentation, Present to Impact will be your calling, because than anyone else I understand the depth of“Was that ok”

Interested to know more about Present to Impact – Intensive workshop,Happy to hear from you or even other wise call me – 98408-00779. or else, happy to read your queries/feedback/suggestion – geesetrainingindia@gmail.com

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