Presentation Skills Fear #5 – “Nobody Likes Me”

Presentation Skills Fear #5 – “Nobody Likes Me”

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Presentation Fear #5: “Nobody Likes Me”

Fear not being liked when presenting? Tackle it with:

  • Acknowledge the root cause: fear of judgment.
  • Remember you can’t please everyone, focus on your target audience.
  • Embrace sharing your opinions, even if not universally agreed upon.
  • Use the opportunity to learn and engage with different perspectives.

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The fear of not being liked, or the repeating thought “nobody likes me”, although generalising, is often about being judged and worrying what people might think of you – especially when giving a presentation.

This is similar to but not the same as a previous fear we wrote about Making a Fool of yourself and looking stupid.

Of course some people might think that they are being judged by others even when they aren’t speaking, but for those sufferers public speaking just makes it worse because they are more likely to be in front of lots of people and thus (in their mind) more people are judging them – it exaggerates the problem.

Interestingly the more you express your opinion and stand up for what you are passionate about the more you need to be okay with some people not agreeing with or expressing other opinions. This gives us the opportunity to learn from them, share ideas or overcome objections – I for one believe that’s better than never having expressed your opinions or views in the first place.

Know that you cannot please everybody all of the time. You’ve heard the saying – right? “You can’t please everybody all the time” So focus only on your target audience or ideal customers and ensure they are happy.

Learn how to tips to tackle your fear now!

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 15 Apr 2013

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