If you can’t help but feel butterflies in your stomach and break out in a cold sweat every time you have to speak or make a presentation in front of a crowd, you are definitely not alone. As a matter of fact, it is said that 75% of adults have a fear of public speaking.
But there are things you can do to improve your mental and physical performance during these situation. It is important that you rethink the way you perceive the stress you go through in such instances. As any life coach would say, it may be much easier to give in to your fears, but facing them will give you a greater sense of pride, and will enable you to accomplish more in life.
Try out these tips below to help you overcome your fear in speaking publicly:
Make your audience laugh.
Based on my experience, I realized that one of the best ways to start off a speech in the right direction is to open with a joke. What it does is lighten the mood in the room, and more importantly, it can help you relax. And for your attendees, laughter allows them to break down the wall that hinders them from seeing themselves the same as you.
Pay more attention to those who are nodding.
One of the scariest things about giving a speech is that you might not be able to connect with your attendees. What’s worse is that you may even see some of them who look totally disinterested.
In this case, what you should do is find some who are nodding along with your story. Focus more on them so you could feel more confident about yourself and your speech.
Show your emotions by being more expressive.
Nothing can be more difficult that to try to quell anxiety. And when you’re not able to control it, your tensions will become so obvious as you deliver your message. One effective way to hide your anxieties is to play up your emotions.
You’ve got to be excited about your story, or honestly feel the frustrations you had in your experiences. By doing this, you won’t have to suppress your negative emotions, and you will also be able to relay to your audience all the emotions you have.
Don’t underestimate the importance of practice.
Many of us believe that public speaking is a skill that one is born with. Well, while there are many who are naturally gifted with confidence and charisma that make them effective speakers, those who aren’t can still become good speakers through constant practice.
With continuous practice delivering speeches, you would see and feel that your performances are improving. More importantly, this will help you gain self-esteem and less fear when speaking in front of a crowd.
Confidence is something you allow yourself to develop within you, and isn’t something others can do for you. You’ve got to take action if you want to overcome all your fears and lack of self esteem.
With the help of a personal coach, you should patiently work your way towards becoming a confident and effective public speaker.