Overcoming fear of public speaking is possible and worth the effort. Effective public speaking can enhance many professional careers, hobbies and community endeavors.
The fear of public speaking is widespread. Public speaking phobia affects millions of people in all walks of life.
It has been estimated that the fear of public speaking is more common than any other fear... even the fear of death.
Although this fear can feel paralyzing, many people do find effective ways to overcome the fear of public speaking.
We can learn to overcome this fear.
There are just 3 main areas to focus on in overcoming fear of public speaking:
Create a simple logical structure for your talk. Identify between three and five main points. Prepare examples, stories and supporting facts which further explain each of your primary points.
Know your material inside out and upside down. (You do not need to memorize or write out every word.) Just know it so well that for you it is simple to understand and express to others in private.
Then practice giving your talk in front of friends, family or coworkers several times. You can even practice in front of the mirror. Become so practiced that it just isn't a big deal any more to express it… it is easy.
As you practice you will discover for yourself that there is nothing magical about overcoming the fear of public speaking. Public speaking is not inherently stressful. Public speaking can actually be fun.
Avoid focusing on yourself
or worrying about:
Concerns like these will;
Focus on the content of your talk -
When you focus on the purpose of your talk and its value to your audience it will be easier to transcend your personal anxieties and speak effectively. This simple step makes overcoming fear of public speaking so much easier.
Perfection is not possible. So if we focus on perfection we guarantee failure.
Fortunately perfection is also not necessary.
It is OK if you have some anxiety.
Some anxiety is natural.
Breathe slowly and deeply to calm yourself.
Have some water available during the talk in case you get thirsty.
(When speaking in public, I have often found myself standing with my legs intertwined to help prop up my nervous weak knees. But it doesn't matter. I just focus on my message instead.)
Also, you don't have to be a professional comedian, or a fashion model, or a professional lecturer to be an effective public speaker.
Instead, be yourself.
Be honest about who you are and why you are speaking on the topic. Your sincerity will set your audience at ease and make them more willing to listen to what you have to say.
As you explore these guidelines and practice speaking:
Like any skill, the ability to speak comfortably and effectively in public can grow. Toastmasters International has helped many people to overcome fear of public speaking.
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