Is it very hard to overcome the fear of public speaking?

I have recently come across an article where I found that as per the Wall Street Journal, public speaking is the number one fear of the people. People are afraid of many things – some are afraid of heights, some are afraid of adventurous sports, etc. However, these fears may not affect a person’s career growth or social mixing. However, fear of speaking in public may compel a person to change his/her career. One may not be an excellent speaker, but everyone should be able to convey his/her thoughts in front of public.

So, I thought of sharing some tips, which may help all of us to speak in public and convey our thoughts clearly.

Don’t be nervous about your nervousness

Will you be astonished if I say that little nervousness is actually good? It’s true. Nervousness leads to adrenaline flowing in our body, which is a form of energy. So, it actually helps you in performing well in front of your public.

Don’t try to be perfect

It is good to be perfect but don’t expect of being perfect all the time. So, appreciate yourself instead of criticizing yourself at every mistake you make while speaking in public. Always remember that even experienced speakers make mistakes.

Don’t try to memorize each and every word

If you’re not reciting a poem, then it’s not necessary to remember each and every word. Memorizing each and every word only increases your stress and nervousness.

Don’t read word for word from a script

First of all, remember there’s a difference between reading and speaking. Speaking is creating a connection with your audience. You need to create an impact with your content and personality. So, be aware of your content and keep it as a reference of what you’re going to say.

Practice your speech loud

Practicing your speech loud, that is, speaking to an imaginative audience, will help you space out your talking and also encode it in your long-term memory. This will also help you practice your transitions as well.

Memorize the sequence of your slides

Memorizing the slides will make you more confident in front of your audience. When you know what slide is coming next, you can announce the slide and look more in control.

Be prepared with the answers

Many of you might have the anxiety of answering questions. However, if you are prepared with the answers, that is, you know the answers, then, you can confidently answer them.

Final word – Take a deep breath and tell yourself that “you’re the best”. With this confidence, go and deliver your speech and enjoy every moment you speak!

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