Yes, the above is a little aggressive, but horrible things can happen to our bodies when we’re stressed - and public speaking can be STRESSFUL.
I believe that FEARLESS COMMUNICATORS need to be grounded in BODY, present of MIND, lead from the HEART and speak into the SPIRIT of our shared humanity. That’s right - I believe a powerful speaker must be firing on all cylinders, while connecting to their:
We want to showcase each of these elements in your Fearless Friday updates and give you tangible tips on how to leverage these four components. Doing so will help improve how YOU fearlessly communicate and share you message (while curbing any negative stress that doesn’t serve you.)
Today we will focus on the first element, BODY.
YAAAAAAS: your fierce, fearless, and fascinating body. #werkit #twerkit #azucar
But you know what holds our bodies back from being truly powerful? (true KINGZ and KWEENZ) ?
We are tension-prone, stress-magnetizing human beings. And knowing we are about to deliver a speech to other HUMANS?! 👀... The tension is magnified. We stress, we stumble, and it goes downhill reeeeal quick.
BUT NOT TODAY SATAN! Let’s (kickball)change that.
The next time you are about to give a presentation, I want you to take a minute to locate where you are carrying that tension.
Is it in your shoulders? Is it in your thighs? Or does it come in the form of a thumping headache in your temples? Most people suffer from speech anxiety (we covered that last week), so you really want to be aware and get comfortable with where you carry this tension. AKA don’t ignore it and push it away!
Then, similar to when practicing yoga, you want to release your tension on your exhale. This can be for any body part - your neck, your feet, your zorch etc... (I’ll share where your zorch is found on your body next Friday..it’s likely not where you think it is)
FEARLESS TIP Identify where the tension is and release it on breath.
Pay attention to your body and to your muscles. Are they contracted and tense? Take a mental stroll through your entire body - from your scalp, down your spine, through your calves and into each toe - and release every part of your body that holds any tension.
Add this ritual before you speak. When I reach an especially tense spot on my body during this routine, I like to put my hand over that spot, and let out an over-exaggerated exhale on a SHHHHH sound.
The tension you're holding is simply the manifestation of fear. When you release that fear… you’ll feel lighter, you’ll be more focused, and you’ll be ready to share your message with authority.
The world NEEDS your message. Use this Fearless tip the next time you speak. It will help you connect with your body and calm your nerves - allowing your authentic voice and story to shine baby, SHINE!