“Go. I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” (Exodus 4:12)
Glossophobia—the fear of public speaking!
In addition, yours truly is on the long list of scaredy-cats.
I would rather battle at the Alamo’s “last stand” than stand in Mrs. Greer’s high school speech class wishing I could die.
According to a May 2013 Forbes’s article, billionaire investor Warren Buffet dropped out of his public speaking college course. Speaking terrified him. When the famous minister, Joel Osteen, began speaking to large crowds at Lakewood church, he said, “I was scared to death.”
And, Moses ARGUED WITH GOD!
“Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue. The LORD said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths?” – Exodus 4:10,11a)
Giggle. Sigh. Oh my!
When a speaking opportunity knocks at your door—do you run away? Get scared to death? OR argue with God?
Do your nerves get the best of you or
do you get the best of your nerves?
These three influential men understood success required a strategy to overcome the fear of public speaking.
Buffet managed his fear by enrolling in a Dale Carnegie course. “If you can’t communicate and talk to other people and get across your ideas, you’re giving up your potential,” says Buffet.
Osteen replaced negative self-talk with the empowering truths from God’s Word.
Moses, well…Moses continued to argue with God. In God’s grace and mercy, He sent Aaron to team up with his brother. Moses the leader. Aaron the speaker. (Exodus 4:14-16)
Which of the three strategies resonate with you?
Here is possible fourth strategy–the one that works for me:
When fear sounds an alarm, thankfulness shuts it off.
I wake up to a new perspective.
When I experience symptoms of fear like nervousness, rapid heartbeat, tight muscles, tummy troubles—I immediately thank God for His built-in alarm system. My heart of gratitude silences fear and wakes me up to His promises. I refocus and rejoice.
“(The LORD says…) Go. I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” (Exodus 4:12)
Changing my perspective, changes my story.
If you struggle with the fear of public speaking or tired of missed opportunities—try these strategies:
- Enroll in a local Toastmasters group and/or attend CCC 2017 in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. (Join our email list to receive registration dates)
- Meditate on positive words.
- Trust God to help you.
- Thank God for using fear as a built-in alarm system.
Join me at noon (CT) on FB live, Thursday, November 3, 2016 @christiancommunicatorsconference and learn more about this perspective and additional strategies to overcome the fear of public speaking.
How has fear of public speaking affected your ministry?
As CCC co-director, Lori lovingly leads women toward their dreams. She is a certified Find Your Beautiful Life Plan coach helping women discover their strengths, spiritual gifts, purpose and the strategies needed to use it all for God’s glory.
She leads workshops, retreats, volunteers and has been a guest on JCTV, CTN, Moody Radio, Cec and Me Blogtalk Radio, and My Journey of Faith Radio.
Lori stands by her man of 36 years while he practices something new- retirement. They live in Aledo, Illinois close to their two adult sons, a beautiful daughter-in-law with their fast-growing grandson and one on the way!