Overcome the fear of public speaking
Learn how to overcome the fear of public speaking
The fear of public speaking is one of the most common and it has been ranked higher than the fear of death.
You may have been there at some point in your life. When you are scared and nervous, your palms sweat, your stomach might feel like it ties itself into knots. You tell to yourself that you don’t want to do it and you wish you could be a confident public speaker.
In this article, we gathered some of the best techniques and tips to help overcome your fears.
I. BE ORGANIZED AND DO YOUR HOMEWORK.
Regardless of whatever you have to, giving a speech in front of people, talking to someone important or trying to show and prove an idea between your colleagues or anything that implies the public speaking; you need to organize all of your thoughts and materials. Organizing and clearing your thoughts can help you to become much more relaxed and calm and it can reduce your speaking anxiety helping you to focus better on your objective.
II. MAKE THE PRACTICE YOUR FIRST GOAL.
When it comes to delivering a great speech and reducing the anxiety that it comes with public speaking, practice is the key. Prepare for your speech and rehearse again and again as often as you need, so that you could answer any possible question thrown at you. Practice your speech until you feel confident enough to deliver it.
You can also record yourself rehearsing or practice in the mirror. That way you can watch and listen to yourself, you can pay attention to your gestures, body movements, your facial expression, you can take notes on how you could make it better and improve yourself.
III. FOCUS ON YOUR MESSAGE AND BE CLEAR ON THE MAIN POINTS OF YOUR SPEECH.
One of the biggest problems people have when speaking in front of an audience is that they are overly self-conscious and worry too much about what other people think of them. One very powerful technique you can use when giving a speech is to focus on your message and on delivering your material in the best way possible rather than focusing on yourself and make sure that you are absolutely clear about the message you want to get across and the key points that you must make. These, combined with the extensive practice and rehearsal, will help you ensure your ability to express the most important components of your speech even if you forget some minor elements. It can be a very good idea to write down your main points that you can refer too if needed.
IV. ACCEPT YOUR FEAR.
No matter how much you prepare, you’ll probably still get nervous before giving your speech. But that’s okay, you need to understand that many people get nervous before they go on a stage and it’s perfectly normal. Even successful people get scared just like anybody else. The only thing that separates them from other people is the refusal to let their fear stop them and the fact that they accept they’re scared but do what they need to anyway.