This is a long post, so sorry in advance. I’m quite new to mnemonics and I’m constantly finding out new stuff about it. This my first post.
A problem for me has always been nervousness during public speaking. Like oral presentations and such. Since we started having oral presentations more frequently in school 3 - 4 four years ago, I discovered that I tend to always act insecure and stiff when put in front of an audience. In the beginning I was actually quite insecure and scared during public speaking.
but with the help of this ted talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks-_Mh1QhMc by Amy Cuddy I realized it was just a confidence issue. With Mnemonics as my secret weapon I can now look 10 times more confident, since I don’t need any notes. «The power postures» and the «alpha male» attitude that Amy proposes during the talk really help. Now I’m not afraid to go and speak in front of an audience anymore.
My problem is that my body doesn’t seem to agree. I always shake a bit and my voice is usually filled with nerves making my speech slightly jagged (especially within the first minutes of going onstage). My body language isn’t great, as I tend to fiddle around with my fingers and/or sometimes whatever object I’m holding.
I’ve heard and read that this will go away with time and experience, and it has to a big extent been improving over the years. I generally don’t seem so nervous talking in front of audiences anymore. The shaking is really annoying though.
I try to tell my body to just relax, but it doesn’t usually work. I have to spend about 5 - 10 minutes standing in front of my audience before my body and mind is fully relaxed.
I have found that I act more confidently when I visualize powerful and confident people calming me down during my time on stage. I had been doing this subconsciously for a long time. Even before I discovered mnemonics.
This subconscious technique have been on my mind ever since i read I read this Forum post by Bateman: regarding emotional memory palaces.
A sort of victory room for people who suffer from depression or for when you’re feeling down, lonely or in need of positive thinking.
A collection of situations where you were proud of your achievements, when you did well, dared to take a risk and to help those in need. You can put your idols there, speeches from powerful people or just generally motivating memories.
This is an intriguing concept for me, which I wish too further explore. I’m thinking of making a big palace with a lot of different types of positive reminders placed on each locus. I would for example put people who I consider to be powerful and confident all around my «confidence kingdom» (<— I’m coining that term).
Like for example Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar at Monterey, one of Ali Mohammed’s interviews, Jim Morrison at the Ed Sullivan show, or of course Eric Thomas’s speech, which Bateman linked too in the forum post (thanks by the way).
My goal is to familiarize myself to these occasions and memories, to the point where they are in some ways surrounding me while I’m on stage. Reassuring me that I’m doing a great job, and giving me compliments whenever I need it. I want to feel like I’m one of them.
This clip from harry potter illustrates what I have in mind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwa-CVAcsT0
(starts at about the 2 minutes mark)
Have anyone of you tried making one of these palaces?
Do they work?
Do you have any new tips?
Now that I’m writing this, I realize I’m mostly repeating the questions brought up in Bateman’s forum post. Anyways, an update from other people who are experimenting with these ideas this would be great. Any thoughts will be much appreciated.