Public speaking is one of the most common fears among us humans. Your stomach turns upside down, your whole body is getting drenched with cold sweat, and you think you can’t do it, when in fact you can. We know it, we’ve had our fair share of these moments too. So allow us to share with you a few tips on how to overcome this fear. We talk about this topic a lot during our soft skills trainings, but we figured we should should share it here in our blog as well so more people can benefit.
So without further ado, let’s begin!
Study your topic
Ever noticed how you suddenly become more talkish when the topic is something really familiar to you? It is simply because familiarity leads to comfortability, and comfortability leads to confidence. Well, it’s not rocket science, and we’re not taking the credit for being the first ones to figure this out. But hey, we agree when they say that this is the best and most effective way to start your journey towards battling your fear of public speaking.
So go ahead and study you topic!
Practice, practice, and practice some more!
Nothing is more prepared than a speaker who was able to practice a hundred and one times. Practice in front of a mirror. Practice in front of a camera. Practice in front of the people you are comfortable with. Practice in front of a few people you are not so comfortable with. Practice until you know your presentation at the back of your hand.
Nope, practicing won’t make you perfect. But if you practice hard enough, you’ll get better each time.
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Acknowledge your worries
While reading this, you may have asked yourself “Whuuut? Isn’t this going to make things worse?”
But here’s the thing, when you acknowledge your worries, you are giving yourself the opportunity to prevent them from happening. So list it down. Take time to ponder on things that you are afraid is going to happen. It’s hard to think on your feet when you are under pressure. So while you are still calm, try to plan things ahead already. If this happens, how am I supposed to react? What am I supposed to do? Identify the probable scenarios and come up with alternative solutions.
After then, let them go. You’ve done your part — you’ve prepared well enough. Let go of your worries.
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Claim your success
Positive thinking is truly powerful. Decrease your anxiety by letting good thoughts come into your head. If you still haven’t realized it, negativity tends to translate from your mind to your actions. If you let it prevail, chances are things will really go wrong. Thinking positive allows you to focus on nothing but making your speech a success.
Relieve your stress
The few minutes before you talk is one of the most crucial moments of your preparation. Just like what we’ve told you previously — you’ve prepared hard enough. Allow yourself to relax for a moment. Do some breathing exercises if you must. This will help you make a strong start.
We hope these tips will aid you in overcoming your fear of public speaking. With enough preparation, delivering a speech will become as easy as a pie. So practice, practice, and practice! If you think you need some more coaching on public speaking, feel free to check out our website. Find out how our soft skills trainings can develop your communication!