Speaking in public pursues us from school and it doesn’t want to give up on us. Starting from someone’s wedding and ending on the important presentation at work, public speaking makes you anxious and frightened. You start swallowing words and panicking after the first look at the huge audience. Yet, it doesn’t have to end like this. You can overcome your fear and learn to speak confidently in public.
The first thing that makes you feel uncertain is unawareness. If you don’t know your topic inside out, you will be nervous. Moreover, the audience will understand that you’re lacking the knowledge. So, the key to managing public speaking anxiety is preparation. Plan your speech, highlight your strong sides and naturally avoid weak places. You’re confident when you know exactly what you’re talking about.
Speaking in public is not similar to your everyday conversations. That’s why you need to practice your speech out loud. Don’t speak too fast, the audience needs to follow your thoughts and not to fall asleep. Practice with articulation and pronunciation of difficult sounds and words. When you’re nervous, you may chew sounds and babble words. So, speak a little before coming on stage.
A lot of people do the same mistake trying to memorize the whole speech. If they succeed, the speech seems lifeless. What’s worse, if they don’t, they’re stuck in the middle of the stage unable to say anything. To avoid this situation, write down a good logical plan of your speech, possibly with some short comments to each paragraph. In such a way, you can develop each point in your own words and continue your speech naturally.
Frequently, speeches started with the phrase “when I was asked to give this speech…” are doomed to bore the audience. On the contrary, the impressive and sharp phrase at the beginning that presents the main idea awakens the audience and calls attention to the presenter.
Nothing works better than a simple short presentation filled with enough bright facts, sharp phrases, logical structure and sensible conclusion. Don’t complicate your life with the unnecessary information. Make it brief, but powerful.