Let’s Overcome Fear of Public Speaking
In this world of growing consumerism, the ability to efficiently to present yourself and your brand is a skill everyone craves for.
A lot of people find themselves searching for words while their foreheads start to sweat and eventually end of stammering and feeling ashamed. The fear of public speaking, i.e. glossophobia is perhaps the most common of fears.
Remember, this is your anxiety, you can either spend your whole life running from it or face it head on. You’re not in a jungle and your audience is not animals. So, even if you spill out something wrong or lose the track, silent a minute and proceed.
The cure of insecurity is experience. Just get out there and make a fool of yourself a few time before you get really comfortable.
Speak what you genuinely want to share:
Start with comfortable material. Don’t try out with long speeches. Speak your ideology and then try to make it the right way.
When you let go of minutiae, share what you know or believe it lowers the stress level and become a free-flowing.
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Do not start by delivering a speech in front of a large number of people. Try speaking up in front of your family or your peers. Then move to smaller groups till you reach the point where you are no longer intimated by the number of large eyes staring at you.
Remove the fear of the audience:
That’s tricky, isn’t it? Most often people get all tensed thinking about the fact that the audience might start laughing over something he says. The fear of humiliation accompanied by the fear of rejection cripples even the most proficient of speakers.
If this scares you as well, try not looking directly at the audience. Try diverting your attention at the wall or something in front of you. Take deep breaths and instead of wondering over the ways you might mess up your speech, focus on thinking what might happen if you deliver an exceptional speech?
- What body language reveals about you: Expression
- What body language reveals about you: Posture
- What body language reveals about you: Gesture
Practice but don’t overdo:
You don’t need to be perfect. You just have belief in what you are saying.
Elbert Hubbard said, ‘The only way to learn to speak is to speak and speak, and speak and speak.’ You start to understand the places where you need to pause and the places where you need to modulate your voice.
You’ll have a firmer grip over the content which helps reduce the level of anxiety you feel every time you step on stage.
But don’t over rehearse. Don’t get obsessed with the brilliant version you performed in the shower.
Speaking is perhaps the most important skill that could ensure success in life. Listen to great speakers and try to learn from them. Such is the power of speaking well that those who speak well can even sell chilies while those who can’t, fail to sell even honey. Speaking is a skill, which with practice can be developed. So practice more and more. Never get afraid of messing up.