Gradual Exposure is behavioral therapy which
allows you to face your fear in manageable steps, at your own
pace, in a supportive environment. Each step is challenging, but you are never
required to attempt anything you cannot handle.
Session One - Get comfortable hearing your voice in public by responding to very simple questions while
seated. The questions (i.e., name, occupation, where you live, etc.)
require little thought or content.
Session Two - Learning to stand confidently before a group.
You will stand, with several others
and respond to simple questions. As your
confidence increases, one by one, each person standing
will sit, until you are standing alone. You will continue
until this begins to feel comfortable.
Session Three- This exercise is the same as the
previous one except you start by standing alone.
Session Four - Gestures and Movement. Enhance your message, decrease tension and project a confident demeanor incorporating non-verbal skills.
Session Five - Implement the skills
learned in the session four by relating a personal
experience using gestures and movement to enhance your
Session Six - Respond to Questions. Open the floor to questions on a topic of choice.
Session Seven - Impromptu Speaking. Learn to organize and deliver and
an unprepared (no notes) talk.
Session Eight - Prepared Speech (Instructor Guided). Learn the secret of outlining and
presenting a prepared speech with minimal effort or stress.
Session Nine - Prepared Speech. Outline and deliver a speech unassisted.
Once you have mastered the above you can begin simulating all manner of interpersonal and
public communication including:
- Persuasive Speaking
- Panel Discussion
- Conflict Resolution
- Defending your Position
- Initiating and Sustaining Conversation
- As well as many others
Note: - The program can be tailored to your particular
needs. For example: work related exercises can be simulated for those facing presentations in the
workplace, and private training is advisable if you do not feel
ready to enter the group environment.