Simple Tips To Overcome The Fear Of Public Speaking

Simple Tips To Overcome The Fear Of Public Speaking

Does the thought of speaking in front of a group evoke the feeling of panic, make you sweat, and get your heart pounding? Glossophobia or speech anxiety is the fear of public speaking.

Fear of speaking publicly is very common, with almost 1 in 4 people reporting being anxious when presenting ideas and information in front of an audience.

The truth is, being a good public speaker is an important skill that can help you grow your business, form strong relationships, and advance your career. Thankfully, there are techniques to help you overcome your fears.

Simple Tips To Overcome The Fear Of Public Speaking

  • Be organized. When you organize all of your thoughts and materials it helps you to become much more relaxed and calm. You can better focus on the one thing at hand, giving a great speech.
  • Start with a subject that is important to you. When you speak about something you passionately care about you will be more comfortable and feel more confident in your element.
  • Prepare and practice. The more prepared you are, the less worried you will be about looking nervous, forgetting your lines, or losing your train of thought. Nothing helps ease the fear of public speaking more than knowing your material. Practice on your own, practice in front of friends, practice in front of the dog. Practice your speech in front of the mirror as if you were speaking directly to someone.
  • Breathe. This simple advice cannot be emphasized enough. Use the tactic of elite athletes by visualizing a positive outcome and using deep belly breathing to reduce stress and build confidence. Before you go to the front of the room, concentrate on taking a few, slow breaths.
  • Turn your nervousness into energy. Your nervousness produces adrenaline, which helps you think faster, speak more fluently, and add the needed enthusiasm to convey your message. Use this adrenaline and energy when it arises to connect with your audience and deliver your message with power and purpose.  Being nervous means you actually care about giving a good presentation.
  • Engage your audience. Make your talk a two-way interaction with questions and participation to reduce boredom and speak with ease. Having the group involved also gives you time to reorganize your thoughts if things are going off track.
  • Find a great coach. While you can do a lot to overcome the fear of public speaking on your own, there are many options available for a little extra help. One option is a public speaking coach.  These qualified professionals can help you with your communication skills, how to best connect with your audience, and provide the encouragement to boldly and confidently become an amazing public speaker.
  • Imagine yourself succeeding. Did you know your brain can’t tell the difference between an imagined activity and a real one? As you practice continue to imagine yourself impressing the audience with your amazing presentation skills.

The Takeaway

Nervousness or anxiety in certain situations is normal, and public speaking is no exception. Even though public speaking often induces fear, it’s a very important skill for potential entrepreneurs and business owners who must be able to have to get up in front of a crowd to make a pitch, present an idea, or close a deal.

Remember, the mere act of conquering your fear of public speaking is a huge victory.

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