The Science Behind the Butterflies
Hello Everyone!! Leigh is back in action. I thought that it might be fun to do a little mini series. So for the month of February we are going to be doing a series on Public Speaking! Today’s blog is “Why We are Scared”; next week is “How to be Better”; and the third week will be “Why Does Any of this Matter”!! I hope you guys enjoy and learn something!
Most people gripe at the thought of public speaking. As the butterflies attack, the continued dread increases. But why do the butterflies come? What do they mean? And how can we get rid of them faster? As far as public speaking goes, the butterflies are inevitable. Public speaking is a skill we all must learn and would benefit us to know how to do it well. Many people are afraid of public speaking. But why?
The art of presenting is more mental than vocal. In our bodies, the autonomic nervous system (ANS) has two parts: “fight-or-flight” and “rest-and-digest.” Both branches of this system control your voluntary thoughts, and regulates your blood flow during times of high stress. “The sympathetic system kicks in and causes a release of adrenaline,” (Elliot). As the adrenaline is released, the thought registers in your mind as to what you are about to do and how you want to approach the situation. Our body systems know how to cope with the butterflies in our stomachs, but it is up to us to allow our bodies to do what they know how to do.
Understanding why our bodies do what they do is essential to understanding this fear. However, the more practical reason as to why we fear public speaking comes from within our 2018 minds. Currently, everyone compares themselves to each other. Some of the top reasons people hate public speaking include: “being judged, criticized or laughed at, doing something embarrassing in front of other people, [or] saying something stupid the crowd will never forget” (Berkun 22). The bottom line is that because no one wants to be embarrassed or vulnerable to be made fun of is the reason why public speaking beats death on the top lists of fears in America.
Public speaking does not seem half bad when you break it down and understand the multiple parts to it. The next time you present to a large group of people think about using your fear as excitement and just be yourself. 😊
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