Many people consult me for help with hypnotherapy for public speaking. They have included CEOs, television personalities, politicians, professionals needing to give a paper at a conference, and people within the corporate environment who may need to give presentations. I even get parents who are going to give speeches at their children’s wedding. They can range from young people who want to be able to give a talk to their class on their project to someone who may be giving their retirement speech.
Being an international public speaker myself, and having been a performer in the theatre, I am very aware of the need to make a good impression when you are standing up in front of an addressing an audience. So many people are terrified that something might go wrong that they choke up, stutter, become very nervous, are unable to get their words out, blush and wish the ground beneath them would swallow then up. Hypnotherapy for public speaking really can help and very quickly.
One of the things I learned very early in my youth is that when performing, things will go wrong. Someone will slam a door, miss their cue, get your name wrong, forget to announce you or your microphone will cut out just at the most crucial part of your speech. As a public speaker you need to be able to cope with that calmly, with an air of grace and sometimes with great humour. Hypnosis helps you gain and retain that calm state so you can continue to deliver your message under any circumstance.
Hypnosis helps lowers the panic response that causes people to experience the unwanted symptoms when they are afraid of public speaking. It brings your brain waves out of the fast high beta wave state down towards the slower alpha brain wave states that exist in hypnosis. You can only panic in the fast high beta brain wave state and once you have left that state you cannot physically panic.
Hypnotherapy for public speaking can also help you focus to deliver your speech or presentation in a succinct and organised way so that you appear together and relaxed about what you are talking about. Hypnosis reaches deep into the unconscious mind and the hypnotherapist delivers suggestions to the unconscious that sets up new behavioural programs that help your delivery and the ability to flow from one communication to another.
Your confidence levels rise and you feel much more reassured about your performance. Part of treating you hypnotherapeutically is also to help you to learn to do that yourself without the hypnotherapist. So there are many people travelling the world speaking in public who just don’t need my services anymore, which of course is my mark of success.
Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH, BSHc, ND – Sydney is an internationally recognised and qualified clinical hypnotherapist, psychotherapist, counsellor, medical herbalist, medical nutritionist and naturopath who holds a degree, post-graduate advanced diploma and doctorate in clinical hypnotherapy and a degree in natural medicine. She is the Director of the Australian Health and Education Centre in Sydney. For many years Tracie has helped thousands of people to become confident and engaging public speakers.