Did you know that the first greatest fear in North America is Public Speaking?
And the second greatest fear is death!
If you have the fear of public speaking, let us say this… you are not alone. You must first recognize what “fear” is. Fear in short is False Evidence Appearing Real.
Fear is the anticipation of pain. Is your fear real or imagined?
- The fear of being judged, making a mistake, not measuring up, getting hurt either mentally or physically can get in the way of a good performance (speech, seminar, sales presentation, etc). Remember that people in the audience really want you to succeed. Nobody is standing there hoping you’ll be boring or bad. If you are coming from an authentic place, and you cover the material with clarity, you’ve won 3/4 of your inner battle with fear.
- Learn how to enroll and engage your audience. If you haven’t yet taken a professional development course on public speaking, consider finding a public speaking training course appropriate for your needs. Learning the art of public speaking can enhance your results in a boardroom, in a sales presentation, and even accelerate your climb up the corporate ladder. It is a must-skill for any executive and/or business owner.
- Practice. Find business organizations, networks and clubs in your area (such as Toastmasters) that can afford you the opportunity to practice. Remember to choose topics that you are already an expert on. Speaking on a topic that you are not familiar with will increase your stress, and impede on your performance.
- Buy some recording software, and record everything on your laptop. Review it to see where you can improve. Have speaking pros attend your live presentation to give you feedback. Allow yourself the opportunity to learn more every time you go out.
- Remember, even the top professionals learn something new every single time they go out!
- Remember that when you are asked to speak, if you are coming from a place of service, you can’t go wrong. Remember, it’s not about you. It’s about them – your audience. You are not the star, they are.
- Be authentic.
- If you go to school, volunteer to read the text when the class is reading textbooks.
- Don’t take anything personally.
- Remember, you don’t look as nervous as you feel.
- It gets easier. Practice is a good thing.
- Only you know what you are supposed to say or do so it’s OK to change things during the presentation. (It’s OK not to be word-for-word as your wrote it)
- Trust yourself.
- Tell yourself, “One is admired when looked upon by others.”
- If you think the people you’re talking to will judge you too much, think that they’re not themselves. Think that they’re you’re siblings or friends. People who respect you and won’t judge you if you do a mistake.