Public Speaking: Getting Past Your Fear

Public Speaking: Getting Past Your Fear

Public speaking is often referred to as one of our biggest fears.  There have been studies that indicate there are a lot of people who fear public speaking more than death itself! As grim as that sounds, this can be a serious issue for people who are in positions that require public speaking and presentations for their livelihood.

Even if your job doesn’t require public speaking there are times in all of our lives where we are called upon to present.  It happens while we are at school, in our social world and of course in our family lives. We have all poked fun at a relative for bombing a speech at a wedding.

If you want to avoid being that relative with the speech remembered for all the wrong reasons, then read and learn the presentation tips below!

30 Tips for Presenting with Confidence

#1 Fear of public speaking comes from the feeling that you need to be perfect when you’re giving a speech. It’s the idea that people will somehow look down on you or not believe you. In actuality, it’s just the opposite – making a mistake just tells people that you’re human. You carried on in spite of it, and for that these people respect for you.

#2 Your fear comes from what you believe people will expect from you. One thing you can do is to turn this fear around by asking yourself what you would expect from the speaker if you were in the audience. Would you expect perfection? Probably not, so why expect it of yourself?

#3 You might be afraid because of previous bad experiences with public speaking. But the past doesn’t predict the future. This is a different time, and you are a different person from the one you used to be.

#4 Sometimes we put too much pressure on ourselves. We expect ourselves to not show any nerves, to answer every question, and to give a perfect presentation. That is all pressure that we’re putting on ourselves. If we recognize that the pressure is self induced, we can alleviate it.

#5 Another thing you can do to alleviate the fear of public speaking is to practice. The more you do it, the less afraid you will be.

#6 You can also take that fear and turn it to your advantage. Take that nervous energy and turn it into enthusiasm and excitement about your topic.

#7 Remember, your audience is there because they want to hear what you are saying. They want you to succeed, and they’re ready to listen to what you have to say. If that weren’t true, they wouldn’t be there, right?

#8 Another way to lessen your stress is to do plenty of research about the topic. Knowing that you are an expert on what you are going to say will help you relax.

#9 A great way to help yourself is through helping others. Showing people that their fears of public speaking are unrealistic can bring that point home to you.

#10 Some people use affirmations and visualizations in which they tell themselves they are powerful and strong and confident. This works wonders for quite a few nervous speakers.