What Are Public Speaking Monkeys?

Monkey face

“I’d like to introduce myself, I’m um, er … hold on where are my notes?”

Sound like you?… Don’t feed your fears

The deadline is looming in your head.  You need to know how to make a presentation and you haven’t prepared. You start to feel sick and suffer from a range of public speaking anxiety symptoms. Can you phone in sick? What are the alternatives? Run down the fire escape? That’s not an option which means you’re bound to end up reading from your notes or talking rubbish. It’s what you did last time, remember? Facing the audience may as well be facing the firing squad.

Any of this sound familiar?… These are your public speaking monkeys!


You need to know how to give a presentation and fast. We can help. Stop those meddling Public Speaking Monkeys® filling your head with irrational fears.

Why are public speaking monkeys an issue?


More often than not the monkey voices are negative internal voices that put fear and doubt in your mind about your presenting abilities. Do you find anxiety sometimes stops you even trying to get up to speak?


These voices then ultimately discourage you from talking in front of others altogether. Do you look for ways to avoid talking? Always the last to volunteer?


The voices or Public Speaking Monkeys can mean we build up anticipation further so we spend more time thinking about the worry rather than preparing. Do you find you spend more time worrying than practising?

ULTIMATELY you won’t do your best because of the monkeys inside your head. You’ll probably have to give your speech regardless. But it’s not comfortable; you don’t enjoy it but at least you’ve done it because you needed to. Phew! Time for a stiff drink.

Don’t worry, the Public Speaking Monkeys are all in your mind. Literally. So that means that when we learn to catch them, connect with them and challenge them, you’ll be able to speak without anxiety and with real inner confidence.

So what’s stopping you? There’s nothing to fear but fear itself. Tackle your public speaking anxiety and tame those mischievous monkeys now.

Have a question? Let us help you.

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