"There are two types of speakers: those that are nervous and those that are liars."
Why The Fear?
Welcome to the Human Race!
Everyone who gets up in front of an audience experiences Fear. And if someone tells you they can cure you of it, walk away. No, --run! and hide your wallet. Hypnosis? Give me a break. Meditation tapes? Save your money. There are no magic pills, no magic wands, just hard-focused work that will change the way you approach getting in front of people and delivering your message.
"Why do I have stage fright? What the hell is that about?"
Fear is something everyone deals with because it is primal. Instinctual. Your body releases chemicals in a fear/fight or flight situation. It is a survival thing for humans. And if you are human you will experience Fear. And you will be in good company! Take a look at the Famous Nerves to the right.
Now, you have two choices on what to do about Fear--get psychiatric help (seriously) or learn how to manage your Fear. If you want to do the latter and are ready to work at it, Larry will give you the tools to do so. Larry doesn't teach you what NOT to do. Larry teaches you what TO DO. And there is a HUGE difference. Larry has been up in front of people almost all his life. He, too, has human fears.
AND YET--a lifetime of experience allows him not only to manage fear but use fear to an advantage. Larry will teach you to take the focus off yourself and put it on your message. You will use the tools he gives you over and over and you will never go back to doing it any other way.
"A surfeit of effort overcomes a deficit of confidence."
(you're in good company)
A victim of severe stage nerves, Holiday preferred to sing in a tight spotlight so she couldn’t even see the audience.
AND YET--Billie Holiday was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed "Lady Day", Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating
phrasing and tempo.
Edward R. Murrow
“And there is no substitute for the doing of it. This sounds overdramatic, but it is literally a game of survival every time you step out there. It’s frightening no matter how long you do it. It’s just a matter of becoming more comfortable with the fear.” (NYTimes 5/25/14)
AND YET--Jim Parsons plays Sheldon Cooper, CBS’ "The Big Bang Theory". He's won three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. On Broadway he was in "The Normal Heart."
His bouts of panic and vertigo attacks on Broadway became manageable once he understood how empowering it was to take the focus off himself and put it into his job as an actor--to tell the story.
AND YET-- Jason Alexander went on to play George Costanza on "Seinfeld," appearing from 1989 to 1998. On Broadway in "Jerome Robbins' Broadway", he won the Tony Award.
You're in Good Company
Winston Churchill, Barbara Walters, Johnny Carson, Megan Fox, Thomas Jefferson, Amanda Seyfried, Fiona Apple, Laurence Olivier, Adele, Ian Holm, Brian Wilson, Carly Simon, JFK, Cher, Margaret Thatcher, Barbara Streisand. AND Bono, of U2, gets nervous the morning of every show and…
Professed to be nervous every time she recited a poem. She said, however, her readings were made better by the nerves.
AND YET-- Maya Angelou was a poet of the highest international acclaim and stature most famous for the recitation of her poem On the Pulse of Morning at President Bill Clinton's inauguration.