Public speaking is something many people dread and we were no exception. Whereas some people thrive when they’re on a stage delivering a speech or when they have to stand out and give a presentation at work, others find it to be a stressful ordeal. However, there are ways to overcome the fear of public speaking and a few small changes can make a big difference.
How To Get Over a Fear of Public Speaking
The fear of public speaking can arise for a number of different reasons, all of which seem to be centred around the worry and stress of messing up or getting things wrong. After all, when you’re speaking in public – whether that be as part of a speech, drama performance or presentation – everyone’s eyes are on you and when something goes wrong it becomes very obvious. So, it’s all about getting rid of the worry of things going wrong and learning to enjoy the experience in a calm way.
Take 5 Minutes Beforehand To Gather Your Thoughts
It’s usually all “go, go, go!” when you’re about to speak in public and this can lead to you feeling overwhelmed and underprepared. Take five minutes beforehand to gather your thoughts and relax; it’ll help you to stay collected and your thoughts are much more likely to be in order.
Preparation Is Key
Nobody wants to take part in public speaking if they are speaking about something they don’t know a lot about, so ensure you take the time to prepare. If you are prepared and know what you’re going to say inside out, things are much more likely to run smoothly. Plus, you’ll be able to relax.
Don’t Take It Too Seriously
Even though sometimes public speaking can be serious business, try not to think too much about that side of things as this can leave you feeling more nervous than ever. Instead, tackle it as you would if it was something casual and not a big deal because really, what’s the worst that could happen?
It’s much easier to get over a fear of public speaking if you’re managing to enjoy yourself, so focus on the fun side of things. Whether that’s finding the funny side of what you’re talking about or making it into something you enjoy working on, enjoying yourself will make the entire prospect of public speaking something you don’t have to fear.
As you can see, these are only very small changes but they can go a long way towards helping you to conquer your fear of public speaking; it worked for us, so it’s sure to work for you too! In life it isn’t always easy to avoid public speaking and eventually most of us will find we need to do it; at work as a presentation or as a speech at a wedding for example. So, why not make the most of it? Knowing how to control your fear and being able to use it to your advantage, is a great tool to have.
How We Can Conquered Our Fear Of Public Speaking:
- Take 5 Minutes Beforehand To Gather Your Thoughts
- Preparation Is Key
- Don’t Take It Too Seriously
- Enjoy Yourself