Overcome The Fear Of Public Speaking

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One major fear that so many college students face is a fear of speaking in public. Not only college students but many people from all walks of life share this fear. Even successful business men and women cringe when faced with a presentation in front of a crowd. The most common reason people state for this is a fear of looking foolish, especially in front of peers and coworkers. It is a common phobia and fortunately easy to cure. Careful preparation, a back up plan and confidence in yourself are the best ways to overcome this fear. 

You don’t have to be a genius or a degreed professor in your field. If you have knowledge in a subject and feel a passion to share it, you are qualified to give a speech. Your audience doesn’t expect perfection. The only thing they do expect is to go away with a bit of knowledge they didn’t have when they came. To learn something new, whether it be a new perspective, a new joke or a new job skill. 

Familiarize yourself with all the aspects of the project

Familiarize yourself with all the aspects of the project. Know exactly who you are speaking to, what they hope to learn and during what kind of situation you will be speaking. Rehearse your presentation many times. Practice your speech over and over until you can say it in your sleep. Rehearse in front of a mirror. Plan exactly where you will take your pauses and make eye contact with the crowd. Practice every aspect of the speech from your tone and inflection to timing and pauses. Use a tape recorder or video camera. Record yourself and watch it later to reveal the flaws in your speech. 

Must be properly prepared for

Athletes, writers, actors, teachers, doctors, fireman – all professionals take immense care in their careers. Public speaking is another part of these jobs and many others that must be properly prepared for. Being well prepared significantly diminishes the chances of mistakes and embarrassments. When you know your subject well and are familiar with the routine you are more at ease and sure of yourself. 

Your speech doesn’t have to be fabulous

Your speech doesn’t have to be fabulous. All you need is two or three main points and elaborate or explain them. Put your own enthusiasm for the subject into the speech and your group will feel it. However, don’t make the mistake of thinking that you can please everyone. You may do a fantastic job but someone will get up and leave in the middle of it due to an emergency. Someone else may fall asleep. Just keep right on delivering your speech. You can’t please everyone. 

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Even old hats in the public speaking business get nervous. Just remember that no one is perfect and no one expects you to be. If you have confidence in yourself, your subject, and your abilities; your audience will have confidence in you.

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