"preparation"Do you have a public speaking engagement coming up? Are your knees shaking and do you already feel the beads of sweat starting to collect on your forehead? These are perfectly normal reactions to public speaking. As we have already discussed several times before, public speaking is the biggest fear among all people; the fear of speaking in pubic is even greater than death! If you are one of the millions of people who are afraid of speaking in public, than you have come to the right place!

Today, I want to talk about the importance of prepping when it comes to speaking in public. With proper preparations, you will find that you will be far less fearful of speaking in front of a crowd. Why? Because the more your prepare, the more you are going to be familiar with your subject matter, and the more you are going to feel comfortable presenting in front of a crowd.

Think of it this way: Let’s say that you are a fan of baseball and you have been asked to pitch in a game. How exciting! However, if you have never pitched a ball before in your life, chances are probably pretty high that you aren’t going to pitch the ball very well, right? So, in order to prep yourself, you are probably going to practice pitching that ball a bunch of times before the game. The more you practice, the more you will be used to pitching. Well, the same thing holds true with speaking in public. The more you prepare, the more you are going to be used to speaking in public.

So, that being said, you want to start prepping as soon as possible. Once you find out that you are going to have to make a presentation, start getting your presentation materials together. Choose a topic, research the topic, think about main points that you want to cover and put together a speech that covers those main points. Assemble some props. Start practicing your speech in front of a mirror and in front of an audience of people you trust. If possible, practice every day before your presentation, or at least a few times a week.

The more you practice your speech before the actual day of delivery, the more you are going to be familiar with your topic and your speech, and the more comfortable and confident you are going to feel. It can’t be stressed enough how important preparations are for public speaking.

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