Speakers Need to “Feel That Juice”

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When Tiger Woods teed off in the first round of the 2015 Memorial Tournament at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio on Thursday, his drive off the first tee marked the 307th time he has started a round in a PGA Tour event. So, would we assume that he no longer feels the jitters when he is about to hit his first shot? By now, hasn’t he become the proverbial “cool, calm, and collected”?

In an interview afterward with Tim Warsinskey of The Plain Dealer newspaper, Tiger commented:

“Oh, I always get nervous,” He added: “That’s great. And the day I don’t feel nervous on the first tee is the day I quit. That means I don’t care anymore. I want to feel that juice on the first day.”

What Tiger Woods said provides a solid lesson for speakers. When I provide Speech Coaching for clients, one of the first questions I hear is, “Can you help me get rid of my stage fright?” I explain that while many speakers think that stage fright is a totally negative experience, fear of the audience and the speaking situation enables us to “feel that juice” Tiger Woods described. Advantages:

–We prepare more thoroughly, to reduce our tension.
–We look and sound energetic.
–We become less rigid and more mobile.
–We ignite our audience, since enthusiasm is contagious.

So the next time you start shaking at the thought of your speech that’s minutes away, recognize this means–to borrow Tiger’s language again–you care. Realize, too, that your anxiety matches what a teacher feels on the first day of class, a novice sales professional senses when she approaches an appointment, and the new employee feels entering his office.

To hear more about stage fright and to listen to other valuable strategies that will help you generate the “attention, agreement, and action” you want as a speaker, order my Audio CD, “How to Speak with Poise, Power, and Persuasion.” You’ll find this and other CDs on my Web site:



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3 More Ways to Control Your Stage Fright

Is stage fright controlling you? Do you avoid speaking situations because you are afraid you’ll get poor ratings from the audience? Or do you avoid promotion because the next step up would require more speaking obligations?

Then I hope you have seen my earlier video, “Six Ways to Control Stage Fright.” If you haven’t watched that yet, here is a link to the You Tube version:


Or you can visit this blog’s archives to see that video. Go to June 2008, and you’ll find “Six Ways” there.

Note that the “Six Ways” video has attracted more than 10,000 viewers. Quite obviously, stage fright is not just your problem or mine. Everyone (even professional speakers like me) experiences some level of fear about facing an audience.

Recognizing that I have learned and used other valuable tips for controlling your stage fright–tips I have shared with my executive coaching clients–I produced another video for you.:

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In this new video, you’ll notice that I invite you to visit my Online Coaching page, where you can consider signing up for this year-round program, very modestly priced. As the name implies, you will have access to numerous training materials that I provide through the Internet. Use this link:


Also, I call attention to my individual coaching service, where you get one-on-one advice. Your coaching plan could include in-person consultation, telephone consultation, assignments, DISC Personal Style Analysis, and additional learning opportunities. The link to the coaching page on my Web site:


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One more relevant thought regarding stage fright. A friend sent me this wise statement: “If you stumble, make it part of the dance.”