Overcome Your Fear Of Public Speaking

Very few people have the natural ability to walk up to deliver a perfect presentation without any sort of training—or fear.. Most speakers gain their excellence through practice, as well as through dedication to building the skills needed to increase their confidence and credibility as speakers. Here are a few pointers that will help you to overcome your fear of public speaking.                        

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Realize the source of the fear. The source of your fear is this: not knowing what will happen when you are in front of people, giving your speech. Your fear is not that you don’t know your topic. It is that you don’t know what will happen when you go to deliver your speech

  • The fear of being judged, making a mistake, not measuring up, getting hurt either mentally or physically can get in the way of a good performance. Remember that people in the audience really want you to succeed. Nobody is standing there hoping you’ll be boring or bad.

Practice. Find business organizations, networks and clubs in your area  that can afford you the opportunity to practice. Remember to choose topics that you are already an expert on. Speaking on a topic that you are not familiar with will increase your stress, and impede on your performance.

Record yourself. Review it to see where you can improve. Have people who speak well watch your presentation to give you feedback. Allow yourself the opportunity to learn more every time you go out.

Prepare. Make sure you know the material that you’re going to cover. Make a detailed outline, and break it into basic points to memorize. Include sub points and the title of speech.

Face Down Your Fears. If you feel your knees turning to jelly out of fear, remind yourself that fear stands for False Evidence Appearing Real. Almost certainly, whatever it is that you’re frightened of won’t happen. If there is a real worry do something about it and then stop worrying. Remember, you can always rationalize yourself out of fear.

Breathe. Practicing a breathing exercise before you give a speech will relax your body and mind. Stand still and feel the ground beneath your feet. Just listen to your breathing and tell yourself there is no rush. You’ll now go on in a totally relaxed and confident mood.

Relax. Relaxing is the art of letting go. There are many ways to let go. You can imagine you’re made of rubber . Or you can sit in front of a mirror and make a horse’s laugh with your lips. Why not lie on a couch and pretend you’re floating?  Letting go un-tenses the body and makes you more at ease and relaxed.

Find a course for public speaking. If you haven’t yet taken a professional development course on public speaking, consider finding a public speaking training course appropriate for your needs. Learning the art of public speaking can reduce your fear of public speaking by teaching you what to do and what not to do.

Recognize that people can’t see your nervousness. When you’re walking out onto the stage toward the podium, no one knows you’re nervous. Your stomach could be in knots and you feel like you’re going to be sick, but you really aren’t showing nervous behavior. Sometimes, with public speaking, you think that people may notice you’re nervous. This makes you even more nervous. There are only a few subtle cues that show a person is nervous and they’re so small, that the ordinary person wouldn’t put more than 1 second into them. Don’t worry so much. People don’t see that extreme nervousness inside you.

  • Bluff. Stand tall, with shoulders back and chest out. Smile. Even though you don’t feel happy or confident, do it anyway. You will look confident and your body will fool your brain into thinking it is confident.
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