Emotional Freedom Technique, commonly known as EFT, is a self-help technique that involves tapping on specific points on the body to alleviate negative emotions and promote emotional well-being. In this blog post, we’ll explore how EFT can be used to overcome the fear of public speaking and provide practical tips for improving confidence and reducing anxiety in public speaking situations.
An Explanation of EFT and How it Works
EFT is based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, which identifies energy meridians throughout the body. By tapping on specific points on these meridians while focusing on negative emotions, EFT aims to release blockages and promote the free flow of energy.
The Science Behind EFT and Why it is Effective
Research has shown that EFT can have a positive impact on emotional well-being by reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. EFT has also been shown to alter brainwave patterns and decrease activity in the amygdala, the part of the brain responsible for the fight or flight response.
An Overview of the Tapping Points and How to Perform EFT
The EFT tapping points include the top of the head, eyebrow, side of the eye, under the eye, under the nose, chin, collarbone, and under the arm. To perform EFT, start by identifying the negative emotion you want to release and rate its intensity on a scale of 0-10. Then, tap on each point while repeating a set-up statement and a reminder phrase.
EFT for the Fear of Public Speaking
The fear of public speaking is a common issue that affects many people, and EFT can be a powerful tool for overcoming this fear. To use EFT for the fear of public speaking, start by identifying the specific aspects of public speaking that trigger anxiety, such as being in front of a large audience or worrying about forgetting your speech. Then, use EFT to release negative emotions and reframe negative beliefs about public speaking.
A Guided EFT Session for Fear of Public Speaking
Here’s a simple EFT script for the fear of public speaking:
- Set-up statement: “Even though I feel anxious about public speaking, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
- Reminder phrase: “This fear of public speaking.”
- Tap on the side of the hand while repeating the set-up statement three times.
- Tap on each point while repeating the reminder phrase, starting with the eyebrow and ending with under the arm.
- Take a deep breath and rate the intensity of the fear on a scale of 0-10.
- Repeat the process until the intensity of the fear has decreased significantly.
An Exploration of How EFT Can Help to Reframe Negative Beliefs About Public Speaking
EFT can help to address underlying issues that contribute to the fear of public speaking, such as negative beliefs about one’s ability to speak in public. By tapping on specific points and repeating positive affirmations, EFT can help to reframe these negative beliefs and build confidence in public speaking.
EFT for the Fear of Public Speaking
The fear of public speaking is a common phobia that affects many people. Fortunately, EFT can be an effective tool for overcoming this fear and finding your voice. To begin using EFT for public speaking anxiety, it’s important to identify the specific aspects of public speaking that trigger fear and anxiety.
Start by thinking about a recent or upcoming public speaking event that makes you nervous. Consider what specific thoughts and physical sensations arise when you think about this event. This will help you to target the specific issues that need to be addressed with EFT.
A common EFT technique for public speaking anxiety involves tapping on the Karate Chop point while repeating a set-up statement such as “Even though I’m afraid of public speaking, I deeply and completely accept myself.” This statement acknowledges the fear while also affirming self-acceptance.
Once the set-up statement has been repeated three times, the tapping sequence can begin. Focus on the specific thoughts and sensations associated with public speaking anxiety while tapping on the designated points. Repeat a reminder phrase such as “this fear of public speaking” while tapping on each point.
As you tap, allow yourself to feel the emotions and sensations associated with the fear. Breathe deeply and try to stay present in the moment. This can help to release the emotions and reframe negative beliefs about public speaking.
Another example is of a college student who was experiencing severe anxiety about an upcoming presentation in front of her peers. She found that EFT helped her to release the anxiety and fear, and she was able to give a successful presentation.
Additional Strategies for Overcoming Fear of Public Speaking
In addition to EFT, there are several other strategies that can help to overcome the fear of public speaking, including visualization and breathing techniques. It’s also important to prepare and practice thoroughly before any public speaking event, as this can help to build confidence and reduce anxiety. Finally, developing a positive mindset can also be instrumental in overcoming the fear of public speaking.
- Visualisation is a powerful tool that can help individuals mentally prepare for public speaking events. This technique involves picturing a successful speech in the mind’s eye, imagining the audience being engaged and responsive, and visualising oneself feeling confident and in control. Practicing visualisation regularly can help to build confidence and reduce anxiety leading up to a public speaking event.
- Breathing techniques can also be useful for managing anxiety related to public speaking. Deep breathing exercises can help to calm the nervous system and reduce physical sensations of anxiety, such as a racing heartbeat or shallow breathing. Practicing breathing techniques regularly can also help to increase overall feelings of calm and relaxation, making it easier to manage anxiety in high-pressure situations.
- Lastly, cultivating a positive mindset can be instrumental in overcoming the fear of public speaking. This can involve reframing negative beliefs about public speaking, such as “I always mess up” or “Everyone is judging me,” and replacing them with more positive, empowering beliefs such as “I am capable of delivering a great speech” or “The audience wants me to succeed.” Regularly practicing positive affirmations and self-talk can help to build a more positive mindset and increase overall confidence in public speaking situations.
How I Can Help
As a certified EFT practitioner, I offer individual sessions for those seeking to overcome their fear of public speaking. I have helped many clients overcome their anxiety and find their voice with the help of EFT. Whether you prefer in-person sessions in Naas, Newbridge, Dublin, or remote sessions from anywhere in the world, I am here to support you on your journey to becoming a confident public speaker.
Additionally, for those interested in becoming certified EFT practitioners themselves, I offer training courses that cover everything from the basics of EFT to advanced techniques and strategies. Contact me today to learn more and schedule a session or sign up for a training course.
Don’t let the fear of public speaking hold you back from reaching your full potential. With EFT and my support, you can conquer your anxiety and become the confident, powerful speaker you were meant to be.