How can I stop myself from getting embarrassed when public speaking? My face gets all hot and red.
Your face would get hot and red because blood flows rapidly to your face. That happens after there has been a restriction in blood flow. This means that anxiety has slowed blood flow to your face. Once the peak fear has passed blood flow returns to normal. That produces the flushing of your face.
This is fairly common and is difficult to control. Blood flow is also affected by other emotional states. For example, both sexual interest and anger can create the same effect.
Many participants in my training programs have complained of this symptom. What is interesting is that most of them didn’t flush until after they finished their speech. When they sat down they relaxed and the blood returned quickly to their face.
This symptom is more noticeable for people with extremely pale skin. If that is you, then you might just need to get used to the redness.
Because of your physiology, you might not be able to control the redness but you can control how you feel about it. If a red face is a signal that you are passionate about your message, then you don’t need to feel embarrassed about your passion.
To reduce the anxiety read other posts about speech anxiety and dealing with the fear of public speaking.
George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com