Public Speaking Expert
The fear of public speaking can interfere with a person’s ability to successfully give a speech or presentation. Many people experience nausea, physical distress, and intense anxiety in such circumstances. This is one of the most commonly reported social fears. If you’re afraid of speaking in public, try to determine exactly what causes this type of anxiety. Are you afraid of being criticized? Do you need more practice or experience? Whether you’re about to deliver a speech or have a presentation at work, there are several strategies that can help you overcome your fear of public speaking:
Start by figuring out what you’re afraid of. Determine what your strengths are as a public speaker. Write down the things that make you feel anxious and then make a corresponding list of ways you can cope with these fears.
Choose Familiar Topics
When preparing your speech, focus on the topics you’re interested in. If you’re able to choose your topic, pick one that you’re familiar with. This way you will feel more confident and increase your chances of success.
Change Your Mindset
If you perceive public speaking as an opportunity to become a better communicator, chances are you’ll be able to maintain an optimal level of arousal before and during your speech. If you perceive it as an overwhelming task, you will experience physical and emotional signs of anxiety before the event.
Use Visual Aids
Power Point presentations, videos, sketches, diagrams, charts, and pictures can enhance almost every aspect of a speech. Using visual aids is an excellent way to clarify your ideas and impress your audience. Images make great visual aids if they are large enough to be seen easily. These simple items can make public speaking easier for you and reduce your anxiety. If you have a hard time memorizing numbers and statistics, use charts and graphs. Be sure to prepare your visual aids well in advance. It’s recommenced not to use handouts as visual aids during your presentation because they may interrupt your flow.
Prepare Your Speech in Advance
Take the time to practice. One of the most common reasons for developing a pessimistic attitude about public speaking is inadequate practice and preparation. Give yourself plenty of time to work on your presentation. Set realistic goals. Don’t expect your speech to be perfect. People who set realistic goals are more successful and less anxious than their counterparts with unrealistic goals.
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