Confession time. I do not like writing about public speaking anxiety. The subject is over-saturated,…
Is Gina is really going to suggest that I practice in front of a mirror.
Actually, yes. I would like you to practice in a mirror. Hear me out.
When we use an accountability tool such as audio or video recording it gives us objective data points for how we are presenting. A mirror is different. It feels somehow more personal when we are speaking into our own reflection. Which is of course, why some people hate it.
There are two things that should be understood about rehearsing performance in front of a mirror. These are things we all know but rarely think about.
- It is a reflection, not a true rendering of you. I.e. the right side of the mirror is the left side of you.
- No one is likely to judge you as harshly as you judge yourself. However, if you can’t create space to speak to yourself why should anyone else listen?
The task today is pretty simple. Take any snippet of speech you will engage in today. Even, if it is “just” an introduction or greeting. And practice it, full energy — full-voiced, into the mirror. Observe your charge around the exercise (Did it feel horrible, silly, great?) and do it again. Engagement is a contact sport and you must be willing to do it with and for yourself.
Gina Razón is the Founder and CEO at GROW Voice LLC, a full-service verbal communication studio in Boston’s Back Bay. She has over two decades of experience as a teacher of voice and speech, is a communication and change facilitator, and is a voraciously curious voice user. Gina has worked professionally as a classical singer for over a decade and more recently as a professional public speaker. For more information on the studio or to book Gina visit www.growvoice.com.