Public Speaking

Besides  the  many,  varied  and  positive  applications  that  the  RDAP  offers each  one of  the attending students, perhaps one more influential by product could be considered as part of your individual treatment plan; public speaking, RDAP style.

If anyone  says  they  do  not  feel  the  slightest  bit  nervous  when  they  get up to  speak to  a  group, whether it’s while presenting issues, giving feedback, facilitating, or any of the other obligatory talking segments of the class, then they are not being honest. Some of the world’s most famous presenters have freely admitted to nervousness or stage fright throughout their careers, so you’re not alone with your fear.

Rather  than torture yourself  before or during every class, in  dread of  standing up to  offer something, see each presentation – regardless how short or long –as an opportunity to both gain experience and to instill confidence in yourself. Most people have no problem talking to others, one-on-one,  or at  parties in  a  crowd,  especially  while  intoxicated, so  simply  think of  your presentations in class as an “intensified conversation” rather than “public speaking”, and without the substance abuse, which made you much more foolish then, when you were talking, than you are now.

Understanding  where  the  fear of  public  speaking  comes  from,  and  what  causes  it, can  be  very helpful:  for  people  who  lack  humility  image  becomes  disproportionately  important to  anything that  threatens to  diminish  that  false  front in  any  way  tends to  be  avoided at  all  cost,  lest  one’s true –  and “ordinary  self”–  be  exposed.  Inexperience,  and  therefore possible  failure, at performing anything has the potential of causing one’s ego (or image) to suffer a kind of death , when  its whole reason  for existing is to survive. Reading and writing is taught in all schools to all students across the nation, so we’re used to that, but hardly ever is public speaking taught so that you find yourself wholly unprepared and inexperienced when called upon todoso– thus the fear.

However,  there’s  actually  a  kind of “good”  nervousness,  which  can  accept as  a  positive influence upon yourself and your audience. It’s when your nervous system is going full throttle –upto a point – that the nervousness can be good for you and your presentation because it means you’re fully alive at the moment – and that’s not a bad thing:

  • Positive nervousness activates the adrenaline supply.
  • It makes the eyes shine.
  • It puts an edge on what you’re presenting.
  • It generates a respectful attention within your audience because it proves that  they are worth being nervous about.
  • It creates an atmosphere that has a bit of drama in it.

But  remember,  everything  about  you is  projected  on to  your  audience so  being  overly  nervous makes them nervous too, until they actually begin to worry about you, and presenters who cause worry don’t inspire great confidence. Now here you are in RDAP and suddenly find that you’re required to perform a fair amount of public speaking – for many consecutive months –so as an aid to this the following is offered:

  • First of all, stop avoiding the opportunities to speak so that you can quickly rid yourself of the fear that comes from inexperience.
  • As soon as possible, before  you’re about to speak, take a few notes or think carefully on what you’re going to present because to be prepared –to know your subject and to know you know it– engenders a feeling of confidence.
  • Develop a kind of anti-nervousness routine, for  example, take a few deep  breaths before you speak and you’ll notice some of the tension leave you.
  • Share what you know rather than trying to hide what you don’t.
  • Do not speak too quickly – find a comfortable pace and stay with it.
  • Do not speak too loudly (yet be clearly heard) because doing so may exhaust you.
  • Look squarely at your audience.
  • Be earnest and sincere; you tend to lose fear when you really have something  important and vital to say.
  • When the audience knows you have it under control  then  they  too  can  relax  and  will be able to better absorb what you’re sharing.
  • Be brief, be bright, and then be quiet.

One  must  be  aware of  and  avoid  the  tendency  throughout  this  treatment  course to  give thoughtless presentations in the misguided effort to simply get your name recorded on the books as  having  fulfilled  your  obligations  for RDAP.  Don’t  lose  sight  of  the  fact  that  people in  the RDAP program really need help and, more importantly, that you are actually able to give it.

What’s more, with the experience and confidence cultivated during this program you will be in the  prime  position  for the  rest of  your  lives to  perhaps  speak  occasionally to  others –in  large groups or small – with an important history, effective RDAP therapy, and thanks to your willing participation throughout the program, the ability to get your message across, all of which could most likely positively influence choices for the future of those to whom you speak as well. 

Patrick Boyce Founder of RDAP Prison Consultants is an expert in the field prison consulting and a 2003 graduate of the RDAP program. Successful RDAP eligibility, admissions, and support maximizes ones chances of a sentence reduction and early release. Timing is critical with the ever changing and complex requirements surrounding what documentation is deemed acceptable for RDAP admission, it is important to contact us as early in the process as possible. For a free no-obligation case analysis contact Patrick now!

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