Did you know that public speaking is #3 on Iron Mind’s list of top 10 human fears? In fact, getting up in front of a crowd terrifies many people more than snakes, monsters, airplanes, demons, AND being poisoned! Termed “glossophobia,” fear of public speaking is an anxiety disorder that can be treated with medication, therapy, psychoeducation and more. Once you overcome your fears, you can hire professional speaking coaches and join groups such as Toastmasters to polish your technique…OR you can work on improving public speaking through martial arts training.
What Makes Public Speaking So Scary?
Fear of public speaking is caused by feelings of shyness, insecurity, and anxiety. Researchers estimate that as many as 75% of us will experience glossophobia at some level in our lifetimes.
As reported by verywellmind.com, this fear can cause symptoms such as:
- High blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
- Dry mouth
- Difficulty breathing
- Dilated pupils
At its worst, glossophobia can really cramp our styles! Being ineffective at public speaking can rob us of confidence, tranquility, and meaningful opportunities to share our expertise or opinions. It can also have potentially negative consequences in the classroom, in the workplace, and at church, causing us to miss out on receiving the best grades, promotions, and service opportunities available to us.
How Can Martial Arts Training Help Improve Public Speaking?
If you think about it, practicing a martial art such as Merpati Putih helps us develop many of the same skills required to be good public speakers. If you consider that MP is the martial art and energy work of the ancient Indonesian kings of Java, it makes sense that MP can help YOU become a king or queen of the stage! Here’s how:
- Social Intelligence: Practicing martial arts helps us develop social intelligence and build intrapersonal skills. In the context of public speaking, this can help us relate with our audiences on a deeper, more cohesive level.
- Focus: The ability to clear the mind of distractions is essential to training and competing successfully in martial arts. Developing this focus cross-applies to public speaking because it helps us drill down on the message we want to share and deliver it in style.
- Confidence: Along with many other professional leadership skills, practicing martial arts helps us develop the self-confidence necessary to achieve our best in any environment or circumstance.
- Problem-Solving Skills: “Martial Arts…allows you to problems solve, analyze data in real time, then determine what is the best possible action to take…” says Javill Byron with medium.com. These are the same traits and skills needed by the public speaker as well. The confidence to perform, the problem-solving skills to engage a crowd, and determining the best way to deliver the next lines based on the activity of the crowd.
- Physical Presence: Practicing martial arts teaches us to make proper eye contact, maintain correct body posture, and present ourselves in a physically empowered way. This solid physical presence can serve us well when we’re speaking to a crowd because it provides a nonverbal demonstration that we know what we’re talking about.
What Comes Next?
If today’s conversation about improving public speaking through martial arts training has piqued your interest, we invite you to join MP USA’s Family Martial Arts Program. This opportunity, which can involve your whole family, goes well beyond martial arts to provide you with life skills and leadership program that can give you a leading edge whenever it’s time to train, compete AND speak! Please call 1-866-666-7872 for enrollment information.