When Speakers Freeze Up while Speaking, or Lose their Train of Thought

Nov 22, 2010 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

It can be scary when Speakers freeze up, or lose track of their flow.

That fear or concern is justifiable.  When you’re on stage, you need to be at the top of your game. Clear minded. Clear spoken. Analytical but pragmatic. Effective. Strategic. And flexible… very, very flexible.  You definitely don’t want to freeze up when speaking, and audiences don’t enjoy seeing Speakers freeze up.

Losing your train of thought potentially makes your mind seem haphazard, not in control.  Worse, the avoidance or anticipation of this often creates more worry, concern, and anxiety.

However, I invite you to breathe easier!  This can actually be eliminated (or at least, highly reduced)!

To solve this, use (1) compelling values-based headlines, and (2) emotional-state-chaining.

For values-based headlines, study the use of headlines in marketing as a way of building curiosity for the right reasons (and no, not cheesy newspaper headlines!).  Also, the headlines should tap into our VALUES, so audiences (and you) will know WHY you’re making any given point.

For emotional state chaining, you can observe at a process level, how famous speakers like Anthony Robbins or Zig Ziglar moved audiences (though he doesn’t actually train that skill, himself).

The pair of these strategies is absolutely amazing for speakers. For anyone who wants the fastest possible route to getting good at solving this challenge,  I teach these skills in depth at my version of a trainers’ training — my SpeakerGenius course.  And if you want to start learning emotional state chaining, I also offer a 4-hour home-study audio program called “Creating the Automatic Yes.”

Once you get really good at headlines & emotional-state-chaining, then, your world changes!  You could still potentially forget a particular point, or a particular way of expressing a point.  But, if you keep in mind (1) your headline, and (2) the larger emotional chain, you’ll always be able to recover!  And that leads to more fluid presentations, less lost moments, and more action from your audiences!

This particular success strategy is truly a ‘thing of beauty’ to watch!  More importantly, after they learn these skills, if speakers freeze up, they can get themselves unfrozen, immediately!  It eliminates unwanted anxiety or stress for speakers, when your process on stage becomes “Fault Tolerant!” Enjoy!


Author: Jonathan Altfeld