Bananas found to cure public speaking fear

Bananas found to cure public speaking fear

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Executive Summary

Feeling anxious before a speech? Here’s a simple solution you can sink your teeth into! Bananas are rich in potassium, which can help calm your nerves and steady your heart rate. Here are three key points to remember:

  • Start your day with a banana on gluten-free toast.
  • Choose ripe brown bananas for the best results.
  • Avoid overindulging in bananas, as too much potassium can cause unpleasant side effects.

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After years of study, multi-award winning Bournemouth-based entrepreneur Dee Clayton has found the cure for Glossophobia or speech anxiety. No one has to feel nervous or worried about public speaking any longer! You may think it all sounds bananas and that’s because it is -because bananas are rich in potassium they can help overcome presentation anxiety.

It all started, Clayton says, in 2015 when she read on the BBC website that “We use it [potassium] to help generate an electrical charge which helps the cell function properly. It helps keep your heart rate steady, it helps trigger insulin release from the pancreas to help control blood sugars, and more importantly, keeps blood pressure in check”. Shortly after she saw The Daily Mail had published an article entitled “How a banana a day can keep strokes at bay”.

Banana on gluten free toast

The time was ripe to experiment on a bunch of public speaking clients, to see if using bananas could peel back the layers of public speaking anxiety. But with more than 1,000 varieties of bananas, the research took longer than expected and her timetable slipped.

Today Dee finally shares the research which shows split results. Clients in the Brown group who spread ripe bananas on gluten-free toast every morning fared slightly better than those in the Yellow group who ate theirs with custard. Both groups outperformed the control group.

Dee warns “Don’t eat too many though” – as the BBC website warns: “if the level of potassium in the body is too low or too high it can result in an irregular heartbeat, stomach pain, nausea and diarrhoea”… just the very symptoms public speaking anxiety brings on in the first place!

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Author: Dee Clayton

Dee Clayton - Simply Amazing TrainingDee Clayton, an acclaimed coach and winner of the prestigious Overall National UK NBW Award in 2022, has over 30 years of experience in communication. With over half of her career as an author, mentor, and trainer. Dee offers a distinctive blend of skills and insights. Her mission is clear: to empower high-performing individuals to excel further, while guiding their teams to unprecedented success. Connect with Dee via LinkedIn.

Posted by Dee Clayton on 1 Apr 2018

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