210: How To Balance Out The Fear Of Public Speaking And Giving A Presentation


Today’s topic is one that brings fear into the hearts of many: giving a presentation. Although many clinicians aspire to speak in front of peers on the topics with which we have the most passion, there is still the immense fear of those public speaking moments. How do we balance out that fear to impart the knowledge we want to give? We’re covering all aspects of this topic on today’s show.

Marie Vakakis, LCSW, is a clinician in Australia. She’s here to share some of the things she has learned in her presentations specifically to teens and youth about a range of topics, including mental health first aid and non-suicidal self-injury. Our focus today is on mindset as we balance our desire to give presentations with the fears that we have about that undertaking.

What We’ll Learn

  • The prevalence of imposter syndrome among those who are knowledgeable experts in their fields
  • The shame and embarrassment we feel about our own imposter syndrome
  • How and why Marie decided to teach other professionals
  • The reframing to remember that we are facilitating conversations
  • The benefits of a collaborative mindset
  • Acting based on values vs. acting based on fear
  • Three most common fears that Marie has experienced:
    • The audience will question my credentials
    • I will make a mistake and be called out for it
    • A logistical or technical problem will occur
  • How Marie worked through her fears
  • The sense of relief that comes from acknowledging that you aren’t the expert and don’t know everything
  • Why we need to guard our assumptions about the way our audience responds to us
  • How a speaker can “bring themselves back to the moment”

Resources Mentioned

Evexia Counselling Services

Inside Social Work  Find out more about Marie’s podcast!

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