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Overcoming Public Speaking Fear and Anxiety
Imagine you are to give a presentation in few days. Would you be
nervousness? Most people would. Hence we have put together
few tips that will help slash your public speaking fear and
Good preparation and rehearsal
Being unprepared causes fear in our brain. Being sufficiently prepared gives
us a dose of confidence and reduces public speaking dread and anxiety.
The professional and experienced speakers use preparation to cut their
panic. You can do the same. Prepare a great speech and rehearse it as many
times as you can.
Write out your speech
Whether you are telling a story at a meeting, standing up in a meeting, or delivering from the stage, know what you intend to say beforehand. You may not
always write out word for word, but at least make sure you know you are
going to say.
Rehearse on the actual stage or create a mock stage
Set up a mock stage in your living room and deliver a speech to the couch,
window, or a TV. It works! Nervousness is reduced and a great speech is prepared. Overcome your fear and reduce your anxiety with this public speaking
You don't have to be perfect
People fear public speaking because they fear to make mistakes during the
speech. However, anxiety only makes it more likely that mistakes will occur.
The best way to deal with mistakes is to acknowledge the fact that you are no
one is perfect, and mistakes are bound to happen.
Visualize the positive outcome
A practical reason why we are so nervous before the speech is because we
visualize the speech, assuming that something awful will happen. So, a great
way to deal with our nervousness is to visualize the speech, but this
time in an optimistic way.
Practice your voice and tonality
Talking includes using your voice. If you practice it prior to the speech, you
will be used to speaking and will feel more confident about how your voice
Remember to breath
Nervousness tightens the muscles in the throat and chest. With a restricted
airway and with inadequate oxygen, your voice can turn out as a squeak.
During the speech, whenever you feel restless - make sure to take a deep
breath - it will instantly make you calmer.
Focus on friendly faces
During the speech, you may take a look at the crowd and see them as a big
group of people. That may just end up confusing you. Rather, concentrate on
particular faces; you should choose the friendly ones. Move your eyes gradually and look at different people while speaking. It will also make the audience feel that you are conversing with them instead of just giving a speech.
It makes you look confident and relaxed. It also gives you time to relax and
remember exactly what you had to say.
Speaking fast and swallowing words is a blunder done by many speakers.
Avoid it at any cost.So, go out there and conquer your
fear of public speaking!
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