So, here's a perfect example of the synthesis of public speaking and NLP. I recently delivered a 2 day presentation sills course to a group of 5 employees at a local company. Skill sets ranged from already comfortable to pure terror!
The student who told me at the start of the course "Whenever I have to stand up and speak in front of people I panic. My palms go clammy, I get bright red patches, my breathing rate increases. It's like a full blown panic attack". (Not the exact words, but you get the idea!).
I then delivered the section on the NLP communications model, about how we process information, and how our behaviours are influenced by our past experiences, memories, values and beliefs etc.
I then used a very simple version of perceptual positions with the scared student. I allowed her to experience what it would be like to be confident, control her breathing, feel comfortable, etc. To be honest, I was unsure how much of an effect the exercise would have. I knew it would help, but no to what extent.
To cut a long blog post very short, when she stood up and delivered her final presentation at the end of day 2, not only did she appear 100% confident, she had none of the symptoms she described to the group on day 1, and managed to sing a few verses of a song she had learned as part of being a drama student.
The group were so shocked, that it became quite an emotional event, and defintiely a great result all round.