Herman, what a great and motivation trainer are you! This tastes like more… Your way of training, your personality and motivation works really good, in oder to make me blush less!
Annemarie Sips
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Blushing is a physiological reaction to emotional stress, such as passion, embarrassment, anger or romantic stimulation. Although that last one doesn’t occur very often in public. Blushing goes hand in hand with social anxiety, people who have a social anxiety are more often to blush in public.

April 6th '19
Public speaking class

What happens when you’re blushing?

When you blush there is more blood going to your head, this makes it easier visible on your face. This can be pure physical and if that is the case there are ways to influence that, like some kind of drugs do have influence on that. Although most of the times it has a psychological origin. Charles Darwin wrote a book “The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals” where he wrote about complex emotional states like self-attention, shame, shyness and blushing.

Why do we blush?

Crozier (2010): “An explanation that emphasises the blush’s visibility proposes that when we feel shame we communicate our emotion to others and in doing so we send an important signal to them. It tells them something about us. It shows that we are ashamed or embarrassed, that we recognise that something is out of place.” And what could be out of place, it is been theorised that it could have to do something with self-attention.

When for example you’re speaking in public it could be that you’ve constructed a visualisation of yourself in your own mind, it could be that you then see yourself like out of place, that you don’t stand there properly. This can be triggered by audience and the way they listen/behave when you’re talking, and your explanation to that behaviour can be off, example: *Someone in the audience yawns* you think about that behaviour and give it an explanation like: “What I’m telling here must be very boring, otherwise that person wouldn’t yawn.” This is making us to turn our attention to ourselves and making you blush if you think about what you’re doing.

A true inspiring training. Great combination of clear theory and active exercises. I am pleasantly surprised by the enthusiasm and the ease with which the trainer gave the exercises. Thanks, for making me blush less!
Judith Peters
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Why is blushing a problem?

Blushing is not really a problem, but it is an emotional state we don’t want to be in  when we are in a professional setting. Charles Darwin described blushing as “… the most peculiar and most human of all expressions.” It is an honest way of telling how we feel because it is uncontrollable.

The reason blushing is unwanted, is because it influences the speakers credibility. And that is not what you want in especially professional settings. In order to blush less it is important to understand that it is unwanted at the moment you notice it. As long as you don’t turn the attention to yourself you’re good to go and you won’t feel ashamed in front of a group.

Not turning the attention is easier said than done, because if you say to yourself: “Don’t think of how you’re standing here” you will think about how you’re standing there. Just like if I tell you: “Don’t think of a black cat” you think of a black cat. So there must be a way to learn not to turn your attention to yourself, and that is what you also learn in the Public speaking training lead by Herman Otten. So if you blush often in professional settings and you think you can’t get rid of it you’re probably wrong. Try and join the public speaking training and learn how to not turn the attention to yourself and stop blushing.

Who is Herman Otten?

The public speaking workshop is given by Herman Otten. Herman graduated as an actor at the Utrecht school of arts. After that Herman proceeded to direct and act on Dutch television. Now Herman is widely known for helping people from every walk of life to get over their public speaking anxiety. Currently Herman has even more than 10 years of experience under his belt as a coach and teacher. To date Herman teaches public speaking workshops all throughout the Netherlands and in NYC! Read more about Herman here.

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What does a day of a public speaking workshop in New York look like

The public speaking workshop takes 1 day from 11 AM until 6 PM. During the day we’ll have two coffee breaks of 10 minutes and a longer break of one hour in which we can eat lunch together somewhere near the Magnet Theater Training Center.

Does everyone get the attention they need?

We will work in a small group with a maximum of 6 people, as a result will every person get the attention they need. This also ensures that everyone gets enough personal attention and gets rid of their public speaking anxiety.

Where do we meet?

In the heart of Manhattan, New York City in the Magnet Theater and Training Center.

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Magnet Theater Training Center
22 West 32nd St, 10th floor
New York City, NY 10001
United States of America.


Your investment for the the Public Speaking Class is 297 USD. This includes a one day training, lunch, water and cookies.