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Fear of Public
Speaking and overcoming it
Fear of public speaking is easily
one of the most common and debilitating fears that there is.
Many people place fear of public speaking in the same
category that they do life-threatening situations.
So if getting up in front of people is something that
scares you silly, you arenít alone.
Fear of public speaking is rated the number one fear with
death actually coming in at number four.
When you get up to speak, do you
get a quiver in your voice? Is
your stomach in knots? Start
perspiring? If so, you probably avoid any situation that would require
you to speak in front of other people.
Yet talking to large numbers of people is also a way to
sell yourself and your company to many people at the same time.
Public speakers can talk to more
people in an hour than you can in an entire year or more.
Doesnít it make sense to work on getting over the fear
and put your knowledge to work for you by running the numbers and
getting the biggest bang for your buck?
Here are a few ideas that can help you overcome your fear
of public speaking:
that your audience wants you to do well.
They came to see you and to hear what you have to say.
Think of your audience as your friends and talk to them
in the same way you would if you were conversing with a group
of people that you know well and trust. Try to stay away from note cards, and most certainly do
not use a written out speech unless for the purposes of
quoting something. At
most, keep a few note cards for words and facts and figures
that you have to mention.
By doing so, you actually affect a physical change in
your body that helps you to relax.
You relax, and when your audience sees you smile and
relax, so do they. Of
course seeing them relax also helps you to relax even more.
a few deep breaths and donít even consider failing.
You will do fine, but the more you think you might
fail, the greater the fear, and the more the fear, the more
you think about failing.
Are you getting the idea that there are some
psychological cycles that are going on here?
Good, because thatís all most of the fear of public
speaking is, cycles of fear and concern.
What the successful public speaker needs to do is to
recognize his/her own cycles and interrupt them.
One of the greatest and most experienced public
speakers is Billy Graham, popular evangelist.
Even in his later years, Mr. Graham said that he has to
fight the jitters before coming out on stage.
If a speaker of his experience and who has spoken to
billions gets nervous, expect that you will too.
the most experienced public speakers practice their material.
Get used to the sound of your voice, know your
material, and practice. When
you feel comfortable with what you are presenting, you will
find that you can relax even more.
yourself what the audience is really here for. You are not here to listen to them, they are here to
listen to you. Why?
Because you are the expert.
So if you are the expert, what are you worrying about
presenting material that you are an expert on to people that
are not experts?
the worst that could happen?
You arenít going to faint, fall down, or start to
cackle like a chicken. The
worst that could happen is that you might stammer or lose your
place. So what?
This happens to experienced public speakers, but you
donít even notice because they donít let such things
rattle them. The
just make the correction and go on.
You will make mistakes.
Accept that fact and learn to recover without making
things worse by drawing attention to it.
good, feel good, and you will do well.
If you feel like you look good and you take care of
yourself, you will have greater self-confidence and this comes
through to your audience.
Your body language and demeanor will express how you
feel about yourself, and you will transfer this to your
with a bit of self-deprecating humor or something to get their
draw affection from their audience when they poke just a bit
of fun at themselves and show themselves to be human.
early and greet people as they enter the room. More than a few speakers do this and for good reason.
Most people find it easier to be personal and intimate
when they are face to face, shaking hands and speaking one to
one. From the
listeners perspective, they get to know you a bit better
before you get up there and they make up their minds about you
before you get up on stage.
Aside from putting the audience on your side early, you
will then get up to the podium and see some familiar and
a lesson learned from President Reaganís speech coach.
If you simply cannot get rid of the willies, drink
about a half a glass of wine before going on stageÖ but no
more. This is not
one of those tips that if a little is good, a lot is better. A half glass of wine helps to take the edge off, it puts
a touch of healthy color in your face, but it will not impair
your judgment. More
than a half a glass can.
Even if you think you are doing fine, your audience may
notice something isnít right or you might not be as reactive
as you should be.
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