We do so much, or we stop doing things, because we are embarrassed, because we are ashamed. "I'm not going to be able to do this." Why not? We made Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream. Inevitably, you start talking about mythology, talking about Shakespeare as a writer, not just theater but the age. They begin to learn all sorts of collateral things about general learning, which they see through their own bodies. And they awaken their curiosity in an incredible way. And then they start learning that, without the other, you are nothing, and that is also important. It is not a question of being the best, but about being a good strong link in a strong chain. And a team is formed, a group where everyone helps everyone, and rivalries are eradicated.
On 99% of occasions, an actor does not speak with their own voice, but through a character. So I already know what I am going to say, because I have learned my lines. And I don't say it, she or he says it. That takes half of the problem away. I understand that talking is when I face a series of people who are watching me and I don't have a script; I don't know what I am going to say, and it is me who is talking. This time I am me, it's not a character. The first thing I think you have to assume when you are going to speak in public is that it makes you nervous. We don't want to make a fool of ourselves. One thing is being used to doing it and another thing is not being afraid of it. It's always scary, and this is something I think we to accept. On the other hand, it is good to know that it doesn't matter if you make a mistake or your mind goes blank. The world won't end. The only risk is your own fear of making a fool of yourself, the standard you set yourself, the bar. I think sometimes we find it difficult to think, when we speak in public, that people are there are willing to listen.
One of the great challenges of speaking in public is getting people's attention. Capturing attention. And the only way to get people's attention is to give. Give. It is an act of generosity. And that is very noticeable in politicians. Have you not noticed when a politician does not speak for us? They turn their gaze inwards, and speak just for themselves or for the crowd.
Speaking in public is an act of generosity. "I have something to give you." And from that moment on, people are with you. Unless you say something stupid. Or something inappropriate. We believe that public speaking for a man or a woman to do in front of others who do not exist, or a crowd. But that's not true. They are individuals, and they have their interest. When you stop thinking about that, you start communicating with the other, breathing and being a human being who has something to share, nothing else. It's nice, isn't it? Because if you see it like that, the fear is lifted.