Introvert or extrovert, many people have fear of public speaking. Somehow, I dodged that fear and eventually I may remember how. I loved this post because I related to the preparation and scouting out the location. How about you?
After you read this, what top tips do you already use, or can you use, to help overcome your fear of public speaking?
For those speaking to an audience it can be one of the most frightening and daunting tasks that can ever be undertaken. No matter how much you practise it can feel that there is no way of overcoming such fear. So what should you do? Completely avoid public speaking at all costs? May be an option, but what if this is part of your role with an organisation? Here we look at simple techniques to help you overcome the fear of public speaking.
The stomach is churning, the feeling of running is away is currently at the front of your mind. Such feelings are common even with the most accomplished public speakers, but you never see this, do you. The reason why is because the most accomplished public speakers have trained themselves to portray a confidence to those spectating. This infact is not difficult. The way you hold yourself and stand can all be developed to ensuring the look of oozing confidence is portrayed. The best way to develop this is by looking at yourself in the mirror, consider how you want other to perceive you, and what more can you do with your body language to ensure people sit up and listen.
If you’re fearful of doing a certain task then the best way to overcome it is by practising until you get the confidence to overcome the task in question. This is so important when it comes to public speaking as if you feel comfortable and confident in what you are saying then you are bound to feel relaxed and at ease. Whatever you are planning to speak about, ensure you know the topic inside out. Research thoroughly and be prepared for what may be asked of you during and after after your speech.
We all feel comfortable in familiar surroundings, so when it comes to giving a speech, one of the biggest fears is not knowing your environment. Conference Venue Brighton allows those wishing to present in one of their rooms the chance to have a look round and become familiar of where they will be giving their speech or presentation. Having this chance to become familiar with the environment allows you to remove another mental barrier which could be one of the reasons for your hesitance towards public speaking.
Who made the rule that public speaking should just be focused upon one person? Why not consider engaging your audience? By allowing audience participation will enable you take the spotlight solely from yourself and allow for input from a different angle. This approach isn’t always practical but for many may be the proverbial kick that is needed to help gain confidence in what can be an overwhelming environment.
The only person who can help yourself overcome the fear of public speaking is you. These tips can help you on the path to developing yourself, but confidence will take time and will only improve further with determination and practise.
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