By: Stanley Popovich
Do you find it difficult to speak to a large group of people?
Giving a speech to a large audience can cause a lot of fear and anxiety for some people.
As a result, here are nine tips that a person can use to help manage their fear of speaking in public.
1. Practice speaking to smaller groups of people: You should start off by speaking to a few people and then gradually build yourself up to larger groups. The more presentations you give, the more you will feel comfortable in talking to larger audiences.
2. Rehearse your speech: Sometimes, it takes a lot of work to deliver a great speech. Before you give your presentation, deliver your speech to your family and friends. By doing this, you will feel more confident in yourself and your fears will not get the best of you.
3. Know your topic: Know what you want to say by remembering key points of your speech. Do not try to memorize your presentation word for word. Knowing the main points of your speech will make things less stressful.
4. Speak from your heart: The more passionate you are about your topic, the better you will be in giving your speech regardless of the number of people in the audience. Speak from your heart and you will find that your speaking anxieties will disappear as you give your presentation.
5. Use Self-Visualization: Sometimes, we can get anxious over a presentation that we will have to give in the near future. When this happens, visualize yourself giving your speech by using your imagination. By doing this, you will be mentally prepared when the time comes for your actual presentation.
6. Carry a small notebook of positive statements with you: Another technique that is very helpful is to have a small notebook of positive statements that makes you feel good. Whenever you come across an affirmation that makes you feel good, write it down in a small notebook that you can carry around with you in your pocket. Before you give your presentation, open up your small notebook and read those statements.
7. Know how to deal with your negative thinking: Sometimes, you may encounter a lot of scary thoughts right before your presentation. Instead of getting upset, remember that these thoughts are exaggerated and are not based on reality. Get into the habit of ignoring these negative thoughts right before your speech and instead focus on something else that will help you to relax.
8. Learn from your experiences: When you give a speech, try to learn what you did right and what you did wrong so that you can improve for the next time. Learning from your experiences is a great way to improve your speaking anxieties in the long run.
9. Take a public speaking class: Your local community college or a local business group can provide classes where you can improve your public speaking. A person can get a lot of advice and insights on how to become a better speaker. Overcoming your fear of public speaking will take some work, but eventually you will get the hang of it.
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