Speak Confidently, Present Competently

Overcome Fear Of Public Speaking – Lesson 1 Introduction

Lesson 1 – “Just” Standing


Brief Introduction Text

In this lesson you will perform an exercise to experience a low-level of public speaking nervousness and related sensations, but in familiar surroundings (your home).

Disclaimer (necessary to make things really clear and keep lawyers happy)

If you decide to use the course material, you do so at your own risk.  If you suffer from any medical condition that could be affected by public speaking anxiety, then please seek professional medical advice and do not take the course.

You can view the ABC Speaking Skills “Terms and Conditions” here and the full Disclaimer here.


Primary Goal

Become “comfortable enough” with standing in an unfamiliar “public speaking position” in a familiar location

Stretch Goal

Become “comfortable enough” with standing in an unfamiliar “public speaking position” in a less familiar location (e.g. your work or your school location)

N.B. Completing the stretch goal is NOT required to progress to the next lesson  If you feel “comfortable enough” with the primary goal, then you can push yourself further and improve faster by completing the stretch goal.  Again, this is not required, so there is no need to feel bad about yourself if you don’t do it.  Just give it a try if you can!

Lesson Structure

The lesson consist of one exercise, and you will repeat the exercise within the lesson

There is an evaluation after each exercise

Time Required

1 Lesson = 20 minutes

Aim to do at least 2 sessions in the week, ideally 3 (should be on separate days)

N.B. You can repeat a session more often than that if you wish

What You Need

20 minutes for yourself (if you really can’t find 20 minutes, then take what you can get….I know that life can be busy sometimes)

A quiet and familiar room, ideally your social/TV room where you spend time with friends/family

Access to your computer is handy (for material review) but not required – you will get the idea soon enough

N.B. You can perform the exercise outside if you wish, as long as you feel comfortable in that location

The ABC Speaking Skills Week 1 – Lesson 1 Worksheet

Pencil or Pen


How to Use the Material (my recommended reading/working order)

  • Start at the overview page – read the description, goals, and requirements
  • Read/Watch/Listen to Dan’s Pre-Lesson Material
  • Watch the lesson video
  • Do the exercise(s)
  • Evaluate and consider the lesson, write on your printed worksheet
  • Give yourself some time to think (maybe an evening)
  • Watch the lesson video again and repeat the lesson at a convenient time
  • Evaluate again
  • Give yourself a day off
  • Consider repeating a third time or going for the stretch goal
  • Read/Watch/Listen to Dan’s Post-Lesson Material


If you are ready, then assuming you read this page, you can go straight to the pre-lesson material…..(use the menu on the right).>>>>>>>>