• Posted in July 2017
  • Article written by Michael Carroll

High Performance Public Speaking

Some people find public speaking a chore, others have an abject fear for it and for a few it comes naturally. The people who find public speaking a natural skill are certainly in the minority with the majority of people struggling with at different levels with presenting. The good news is anyone can learn to be a first class presenter; it begins with state choice, and then how to use body language and tonality to engage your audience.

There are ways to structure your content to make it interesting and easy for your audience to remember.  In this article I will outline the essential ingredient for high performance in presentations and that is state choice.

As a public speaker your state choice is crucial to your performance.  If you have fear or anxiety your message will not be transmitted effectively, the audience will sense your fear which can create heckling from members of the audience. Additionally with fear the experience is not enjoyable for you.  The common link between skilled public speakers is they are at ease with themselves in front of their audience.
So the question you may be asking is ‘how do I develop state choice’ when presenting?

State choice, means just as it reads, you have choice with your state, you can be calm, relaxed, neutral, motivated, creative- what ever you choose. With state choice you have access to the full plethora of states. Fear is the reverse,  there is no choice. When a person has fear in the presenting context, a ‘fight or flight’ response occurs.

Breath of Life – (self-application version)


About The Author

Michael Carroll is the founder and course director of the NLP Academy and co-founder with John Grinder and Carmen Bostic St Clair of the International Trainers Academy of NLP.

He is the only NLP Master Trainer in the world certified by John Grinder and Carmen Bostic St Clair and he works closely with them in developing and delivering high quality NLP training.



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