The Fear of Public speaking seems to be one the things we most dread. It might be a work presentation you have to do as part of your job. It could be a very important pitch you’re doing to garner more business for your company. However whatever you need to present there are a few simple tips to bear in mind. In my profession, speaking to large audiences can be incredibly lucrative and alot of fun. Amazing as it sounds it can be possible to enjoy presenting.
These 10 tips to overcome fear of public speaking are just some of the tips I adhere to and that have helped me the most. You may find others, so take these ideas and choose the one’s you like and discard what doesn’t suit you. Enjoy.
1) Prepare Your Presentation. They say that preparation is the key to success. I happen to think that is very true indeed. Take your time and really research the topic you need to present and make sure you have taken into account things like: Will the audience understand this point, Is my presentation pitched at the right level is it to basic or too complex, is what i’m presenting interesting and engaging etc.
2) Practice Your Weak Points. So if your weak point is talking about a certain section of your presentation then practice that section until it flows smoothly. If you have issues with voice control or explaining certain points then practice that as well. Iron out any weaknesses so the presentation flows smoothly and easily.
3) Visualise Success. When you visualise yourself achieving your goal you are more likely to achieve your result. So right now think about this whole presentation going well. If you need help with this then go to my store and download the ‘Fear of Public Speaking.mp3’ which will guide you through the process nicely. Essentially all your doing is seeing the presentation work well and seeing yourself dealing with any issues calmly and in a relaxed manner. Really feel how good it feel to deliver this presentation with ease.
4) Drop The Fear. This point is very simple. Fear doesn’t help or serve you and is certainly not something you need when you’re presenting. Just make that decision to let go of your fear and watch that fear leave. Make a commitment to let it go. Measure yourself on a scale of 1-10 and let that fear leave. After you have sufficiently let go of your fear then focus on having done a perfect presentation. Focus on the end result. Feel it and believe it. Notice how much easier it becomes to hold in mind your goal when you let go of your fear.
5) Nervousness Is Natural. If you feel a little nervous before the presentation then that is totally fine. Just know that these feelings are natural. Don’t let them win, just notice those feelings and just allow them to be there. It is only when we fight with our emotions and feelings that things begin to get out of control and unmanageable.
6) Make Good Eye Contact. Good eye contact with the audience is considered a trade mark of an accomplished and confident speaker. Used correctly good eye contact keeps the audience engaged and they feel a part of what you are saying.
7) Record Yourself And Be Honest. The aim of this point is to watch yourself and see where there might be any areas for improvement. Be open minded. Think about your presentation style, how you come across, your eye contact etc.
8) Keep To The Point. When we get nervous we tend to ramble on and tend to go of the script. Stick to your key points and don’t be distracted. The best presenters have a knack for elaborating only when it is relevant to do so.
9) Pause For Effect. If you watch a good presenter they don’t remain monotone throughout, they pause on key points or when they want to highlight a point. Pausing at key moments can really help your audience to prick up and listen intently to your point.
10) Consider Powerpoint/Card Prompts. We all have our preferred methods of presenting, some prefer powerpoint and others prefer flipcharts or using card prompts. Much will depend on your audience, your knowledge and comfort presenting your topic and what others in your industry tend to do. In my industry, most speakers opt for powerpoint presentations and a few will use flipchart presentations for small group presentations. Play around and see which method you prefer, then become adept at using it. Personally I would always advise you to learn powerpoint as it can make the learning more engaging for the listener.