It’s the start of the work week and the boss of your company just tells you that your current project was a hit. Now it’s time for you without any earlier notice that you have to speak in front of a large auditorium explaining the idea what you just wrote for your company that now want to listen to your project. As soon as you are told to speak, the reporter holds out his microphone to you, he asked you, thank you so much about your project, “Please tell us what inspired you to come up with this”?
You feel stunned and your mind goes blank and spins eighty miles an hour. You’re trying your ultimate best to think immediately what to say. You know what the project you just completed and suddenly you feel hot, your palms become sweaty, and your heartbeat fires up. The whole auditorium and your boss smiles as they you look around in disbelief. Then there is complete silence. They are ready to hear you speak.
If you have a fear of public speaking, don’t worry, you’re not alone. There is a reason why so many people are affected by this fear. We all want acceptance from our peers. Public speaking, by its nature gives a person the opportunity to be noticeable in front of people, and so there is a seemingly huge opportunity for disappointment.
What if you mess up and everyone laughs at you or what you want to say does not make sense to your audience who are anxious to hear from you? What if the people don’t agree with your message? Your thoughts can sometimes destroy your confidence.
If you would like to feel confident speaking #publicspeaking in front of a group of people, one good way is to believe in yourself. When you speak, visualize the whole room being dark like you are talking to an empty stage. However, still make good eye contact and put on a smile. Try not to worry about those eyes or whispering.
Use your body on stage to express your enthusiasm. This can help you feel more relaxed and avoid pacing back and forth so you will not appear nervous.
Pause before you begin to speak and that can help you to move on to the next point. Start off by saying “Thank you!” Do not use fillers such as, “like”, “I mean”, “I guess”, “you know”, “oh”, “so”, “well”, “um”, “I’ll begin with”.
Take a deep breath and when you believe in something that you know you accomplished and what you want to say, it will give you inspiration. Most importantly, be yourself. #communication