Do you struggle to speak and shin while you teach? No matter how much training you have as a yoga teacher, public speaking can be very challenging. If you’re not a teacher, some of the skills you learn on the mat can also help you in your next work meeting. We all have spaces where we need to tap into our presence so our message comes through.
For today’s episode, I sat down with Sylvain Hache, Aka Sly for you anglophones out there. He is an ex-chronic stutterer that morphed into an award-winning, international-touring musician who has been interviewed on live TV & Radio in multiple countries, in 2 languages. He has been coaching and training people to ‘’End-Stage Fright & Master Public Speaking, Anywhere From a Zoom Call to Carnegie Hall’’ using Rockstar Presence Principles that he distilled from over 500 shows in 35 cities around the world. Since he’s also a yogi, I wanted to sit down with him and talk about public speaking for yoga teachers.
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MY 5 BIGGEST TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE
1- You don’t need to know everything. You just need to be a few steps ahead of your students. Don’t think your teaching to yourself or other teachers, remember that most of your student just need self-awareness, to get into the present moment, to relax, to quiet down their minds. Things that are a given for you, where you are in your journey are new to a lot of other people. Get in a value-giving mindset. Be there to give. It will take some of the pressure off.
2- Saying you’re nervous can be helpful. It takes away the power behind the uncomfortable emotion. That way, you don’t have to fake anything. It might help you connect on an authentic level with your students. You can also try a technique called image streaming.
3- Don’t speak about things you haven’t emotionally processed properly yet.
4- You need to also distinguish between a real mistake that holds consequences and something consequence less like a slip of the tongue. When you do such a mistake, you can point it out, laugh it off and keep going. Oftentimes, other people didn’t even notice. When it’s something really big, you might need to stop, officially correct what you said, and potentially apologize.
5- You can’t 100% trust your own heightened judgment of what is happening in real-time. A way to prevent making too many mistakes or getting too much in your head about the perceived mistake you’re making is to stay anchored in the present.
QUESTIONS HE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE:
- What is public speaking and why is it something we should care about as yoga teachers even if it’s not really covered in TT?
- How do we become less self-conscious? Get rid of self-doubt or our unconscious patterns that get in the way?
- How do we embody authority or power, presence and aliveness?
- What do you think about announcing to your class that you are nervous?
- What can we do when we forget what we were saying or make a mistake to keep our composure?
- How can we use our own yoga practice to set our internal presence in a way that reflects an external presence of calm and leadership?
ABOUT OUR GUEST
Sylvain Hache aka Sly is an ex-chronic stutterer that morphed into an award-winning, international-touring musician who has been interviewed on live TV & Radio in multiple countries, in 2 languages.
He has been coaching and training people since the age of 16 and now helps you ‘’End-Stage Fright & Master Public Speaking, Anywhere From a Zoom Call to Carnegie Hall’’ using Rockstar Presence Principles he distilled from over 500 shows in 35 cities and 5 countries on 2 continents.
His website: www.RockstarPresenceSecrets.com