Sweaty Palms

Snakes? Fine. Flying? No problem. Public speaking? Yikes! Just thinking about public speaking—routinely described as one of the greatest (and most common) fears—can make your palms sweat. But there are many ways to tackle this anxiety and learn to deliver a memorable speech. All people feel some physiological reactions like pounding hearts and trembling hands. Do not associate these feelings with the sense that you will perform poorly or make a fool of yourself. Some nerves are good. The adrenaline rush that makes you sweat also makes you more alert and ready to give your best performance.

A speaker's anxiety can be reduced if they know their topic well and believe in it. It has been suggested that people should practice speaking in front of smaller, less intimidating groups when they're getting started in public speaking. Additionally, focusing on friendly attentive people in the audience has been found to help.

Think logically not emotionally:

As easy as we think it is to separate logic from emotion, that’s not always the case. There are certain scenarios where our minds must think logically in order to accomplish whatever it is that needs to be done. Comparably, there are times where circumstances cause us to react emotionally rather than logically, and sometimes, we use a little bit of both. It can often be hard to tell which is which, since we don’t necessarily actively think about the way we’re thinking about things.

Not sure which way you tend to think? Here are some signs that you’re thinking logically vs. emotionally or vice versa. These may help you to understand your brain and how your mind works a little bit better:

Logically:

Logic can be defined as, “a proper or reasonable way of thinking about or understanding something.” Logical thinkers tend to look at life like a puzzle and figure out a sensible strategy to solve it. This style of thinking is very strategic, clear-cut and reason-based.

Emotionally:

Emotional can be defined as, “likely to show or express emotion: easily upset, excited, etc.” Emotional thinkers tend to feel things very deeply and may find it easier to relate to other people’s problems on a personal level. This type of thinker is very compassionate and sympathetic. A logical thinker and an emotional thinker will look at and solve a problem very differently. Let’s say your best friend had a very rocky relationship full of highs and lows, and is broken up with. If she comes to an emotional thinker and a logical thinker for advice, she will receive two very different responses and perspectives on the situation.

The way to overcome these common problems is to learn the individual skills to manage the issues and focus on the process, not the outcome. If you can master the step-by-step know-how, the outcome will take care of itself. 

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