Have you ever heard the saying “Imagine Your Audience Naked”? If you have a fear of public speaking chances are someone in your past has said this to you. Now, while there are many claims as to who coined this phrase most people will agree that this “idea” came from no other than Winston Churchill.
I’m not here to knock a man that did so much for his country during world war two but the truth needs to be said. This phrase should never be uttered again! I mean come on people, think about it. In this day and age, there’s no room for this type of thinking and I’ll tell you why!
It’s just not cool man!
All joking aside, this phrase just sounds plain perverted! Seriously, you’re going to sit there and tell me you don’t see anything wrong with an adult peering into his audience and picturing them in their birthday suits? I can’t be the only one that sees a flaw with this kind of thinking.
You’re just adding to the divide…
One of the main things you are trying to create when you are up on stage is a connection with your audience and I got to tell you, picturing them naked isn’t really creating the type of connection you want.
If anything you’re actually creating a divide. Here you are all nicely dressed and right before you is a room full of nakedness. If you want to make a connection then go ahead and picture yourself naked, otherwise get rid of this naked notion once and for all.
Are you really focusing?
I don’t care who you are, there’s no way you’re going to be able to fully focus on your presentation if you are envisioning your audience naked. Just imagine if you bust out with a joke and people start laughing! All that jiggling flesh will definitely mess with your concentration.
You’re better than that!
If you are reading this blog post most likely than not you are someone that is aware of your limitations as a public speaker and are always on the lookout for ways to improve it. Just that alone tells me you’re better than “Imagine Your Audience Naked”.
If that’s the case then you’re probably rehearsed enough to ease your nerves and not resort to these crazy tactics. Have faith in yourself next time you hit that stage. You may find it to be more than sufficient!