Which is more to your liking, public speaking or gargling with drain cleaner? It’s no surprise how many would choose the Drano.
Many people have public speaking as their number one fear. You feel too anxious, you’re sweating so much, your knees, hands, and voice are shaking, and your brains seems to stop working. Why is that? Because you are scared to death.
Here are a few tips to overcome your fear of public speaking.
Think about yourself doing it. Imagine that you are telling a crowd of people something. Picture yourself from start to finish. Start with walking towards the mike, through your speech, and up to the victorious ending.
Always practice. You should try delivering your speech again and again. Now, do the same thing to a real live person (just make sure they will be honest with you about your presentation). Remember, repetition is the mother of all skill. This statement couldn’t be truer. You can just about overcome any fear you have by doing it over and over again. Take sports, for example. These professional athletes never miss a shot. This is mainly because they practice a lot. This applies to public speaking, too.
Get your camcorder and tape yourself speaking to an imaginary audience. This is a good way to see and hear how you will appear and sound to an audience.
Relax. You should relax before you give your presentation. Take several slow deep breaths and recall that the audience is here to listen to your presentation. They don’t know (or really care) what your personal life is like. They aren’t interested in your personal life.
If you are well-prepared, you won’t feel quite as nervous, and you’ll be more confident. After you end your speech, Drano will never look the same way to you again.