Are you afraid of public speaking?

You are not alone. I have read that most people are more afraid of public speaking than dying. I am not sure if that’s true but public speaking seems to create fear for many.

This article shows you how you can access your inner power to do the same in situations where you are experiencing a fear like this.

There is an untapped power in you. You actually use this gift all the time but not always to your advantage. The power is your imagination.

Think about how often you imagine something could happen or worry about something that may happen. You see the image of what you are actually worried about, you feel it and get emotionally involved. Our imaginary world is mighty – it helps us to succeed and it limits us.

"The secret of achievement is to hold a picture of a successful outcome in the mind." ~ Henry David Thoreau

When we imagine something, we create new neural pathways and we create experiences that our mind can tap into again. We create a frame of reference and cell memories. For example, you have a cell memory of how to ride a bike from your actual physical experiences biking as a child. You can create the same type of cell memory through repetitive imagination and condition your mind and body. High performing athletes use these techniques to optimize their performance and get to the top.

Success Imagery is miraculous to prepare yourself for important meetings, sales encounters, presentations, and interactions that are important to you and your career. Through this practice, two things happen:

1. You are setting out the right positive energy and attitude for the upcoming event
2. By creating positive experiences through imagery you develop a frame of reference for your mind

As mentioned in previous articles I have written, our subconscious mind cannot distinguish between what’s real and what’s imagined. The subconscious mind drives 95% of our actions and behaviors. In an important meeting, especially when you are under stress, you want to be able to tap into your success habits. Those habits are the expression of your subconscious program that results through repetitive conditioning of your mind through imagery.

In a presentation, or other stressful situation, you will be calm and confident because your subconscious mind believes that you have successfully done this presentation numerous times.

How to Apply and use Imagery for Success

You are the co-creator, the sculptor of your future and your success. It’s easy to apply imagery for your success.

First, identify what you would like the experience to be and the outcome of the meeting or presentation.

Start with a written, detailed description of your desired experience and results. You can visualize each step of the meeting or presentation and the ultimate outcome, the success of the meeting and presentation. The latter can be the positive feedback you received, the agreement reached, the sales contract signed, or the standing ovation as you finished your presentation.

Then, once you have a clear description of your desired interaction and results, take a moment to get into the picture - your own movie.

Begin with your eyes closed and breath slowly and deeply. Picture yourself in your successful interaction. Imagine it in as much detail as possible and make it stronger by using your five senses. You now not only see yourself performing fabulous in the meeting or presentation, you hear the voices of the other people, and you hear the clapping of the audience. Get excited about your success.

To engage my olfactory and gustatory senses, I envision a delicious cappuccino at the meeting or a gourmet dinner celebration after the amazingly successful event.

Be creative, find ways to engage as many senses as possible. Feel the experience - get into the situation; you are the star of your own success movie. Then, most importantly, get emotionally involved to “cook it.”

Emotions are the heat to cook your success image. The more emotions and excitement you add to your imaginary practice, the better the results and the faster you will reach your goal.

"For imagination sets the goal picture which our automatic mechanism works on. We act, or fail to act, not because of will, as is so commonly believed, but because of imagination." ~ Dr. Maxwell Maltz

Author's Bio: 

Ulrike Berzau is an Executive Coach & Consultant who works with individuals, teams and organization to achieve exceptional results in life and business. With extensive experience as healthcare executive, she is known for providing highly respected insights and creative solutions to secure continuous advancement and excellence. Ulrike has an unwavering passion for igniting the talent and brilliance in others and her international and multicultural experiences allow her to relate to a diverse audience. Her ambitious, yet well balanced, positive and inspiring mindset is the catalyst of her own success and assures the success of clients, staff and organizations.

Ulrike is the co-author of the International Best-Seller Imagine a Healthy You and an inspirational speaker. She is a certified Thinking into Results Consultant, certified Passion Test Facilitator, certified Life Coach and holds a Master’s Degree in Management, a Master’s Degree in Health Science, Physical Therapy, and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.