This post was getting long, so I split it in two and will post Part 2 tomorrow.
Yesterday, during a talk by Life Mastery Coach Niels Johnson-Lameijer,
GAIL stands for Gremlins, Assumptions, Interpretations, and Limiting beliefs. As described by Niels:
Gremlins are "A very strong, emotional 'I' statement that pops in your head all the time (I am not good enough, I am not intelligent enough, etc.)."
Assumptions are "The 'I-have-been-there-done-it-before-so why-do-it-again' block."
Interpretations are "A judgment from your own perspective of a certain experience in your life."
Limiting belief is "A belief that is outside (cultural, religious) of ourselves and we believe as true (the world is flat, blonds are stupid, etc.)."
How does GAIL play into your reticence about public speaking?
You might have gremlins that say, "I'll never get over my fear" or "I'm just not good at it."
You might make assumptions like "Back in sixth grade, the class laughed at me, so they'll probably laugh at me now."
You might interpret situations incorrectly, such as, "That man in the audience isn't smiling or laughing; I must be boring."
You might have limiting beliefs like, "You have to be funny to speak in public."
Think about what's holding you back from public speaking at this moment. Ask yourself what gremlins, assumptions, interpretations and limiting beliefs are getting in your way.
Now what are you going to do about it?
Part 2 is here.