Fear of Public Speaking
One of the strongest emotions is fear. It has a noteworthy influence on both your mind and body. I can totally understand this pain of anxiety or conciousness of fear while giving a speech or talking to anyone in a big hall. That is why we fear about speaking in public. Anxiety over the fear of not speaking our hearts out is a widespread phobia. It might range from mild jitters to crippling fear and panic. Many people who suffer from such phobia, avoid public speaking altogether or suffer through it with trembling hands and a quavering voice. You can overcome this public speaking with planning and perseverance.
To fight back this fear, you need to understand its root cause. What is holding you back from giving a great speech and get sounding claps from the audience. It might how you present, the feeling of making mistake, feeling if you speak wrong, or what others think, whether audience will like it and so on.
Well, everything comes with practise and below are some tips.
Here are my 16 tips for public speaking
1. Communicate: It is not a solution to run away from difficulties that can be solved with effective dialogue. Talk to people, share your feelings with your friends and family, and pour your heart out to those you care about. What would have choked your throat to utter could often turn out to be a highly dismissible conversation. If you’re having trouble opening up to your closest friends and family, consider external assistance.
2. Befocused while speaking: The more you know about what you’re talking about — and the more passionate you are about it — the less likely you are to make a mistake or get off track. If you do get lost, you’ll be able to find your way back fast. Take some time to think about what questions the audience might ask and prepare responses.
3. Organize yourself: Plan out the information you want to offer ahead of time, including any props, audio, or visual aids. You’ll be less nervous if you’re well-organized. To stay on track, outline a little card. Before your presentation, if at all possible, go to the location where you’ll be presenting and look over the available equipment.
4. Practice, practice, and practice: Rehearse your entire presentation a few times. Do it for a few people you know well and solicit feedback. It’s also a good idea to practice with a few folks you’re not familiar with. Make a video of your presentation so you can review it and see where you can enhance it.
5. Concentrate on your content rather than your audience: People are more interested in fresh knowledge than in how it is delivered. They might not detect your anxiety. If your audience notices you’re scared, they may root for you and want your presentation to go well.
6. Visualize yourself as a winner: Assume that your presentation will be a success. Positive ideas can assist alleviate some tension and reduce your negativity about your social performance.
7. Use breathing technique: This can be relaxing. Before you step up to the stage and during your speech, take two or more deep, deliberate breaths.
8. Specific concerns should be addressed: When you’re terrified of something, it’s easy to exaggerate the chances of anything horrible happening. Make a list of your specific concerns. Then confront them directly by listing possible and alternative outcomes, as well as any objective information that supports each worry or the chance that your feared events will occur.
9. Recognize your accomplishments: Pat yourself on the back after your speech or presentation. It may not have been flawless, but you’re probably harsher on yourself than your audience is. Check to see if any of your specific concerns came true. Everyone makes mistakes from time to time. Consider any errors you’ve made as an opportunity to better your abilities.
10. Take a break: Recognize your own needs and take a social vacation. Move away from people and do things that keep you going. Take as much time as you need to recover from this tiredness, but don’t put it off. Breaks from reality are sufficient to keep us well-balanced and sound.
11. Change your company: Surround yourself with individuals who make you feel important and who encourage and support your ideas. Replace the notion that your absence is unaccounted for with the significance of your thoughts and emotions. People frequently suppress their emotions and feelings out of fear of rejection, being judged, or, worse, not being heard.
12. Relax: Find a comfy spot on the floor and lie down. Close your eyes and focus on relaxing every muscle in your body, beginning with your feet and legs and working your way up to your shoulders, neck, and head. Bring your focus back to your breathing.
To begin, simply focus on inhaling and exhaling. Now visualize a place where you identify with serenity. Once you’ve mastered recalling this specific location, you can use it to calm down whenever you’re scared, such as right before giving a speech on stage. Learning to relax takes time, but it will pay off in the long run, especially if you do it daily. You’ll be able to recall the feelings of relaxation anyplace after a while.
13. Don’t be afraid of a few moments of stillness: It may appear as if you’ve been silent for a lifetime if you lose track of what you’re saying or become frightened, and your mind goes blank. It’s probably only a few seconds in actuality. Even if it’s longer, your audience is unlikely to mind a brief pause to absorb what you’ve said. Take a few deep and steady breaths.
14. Speak slowly – When people are apprehensive, they tend to speak faster, so make an effort to slow down. If you don’t rush through your speech, you’ll be less likely to fumble over your words.
15. Don’t express your anxiety: try not to complain to people about how frightened you are. It will only help to worsen your concern if you dwell on it. Instead, act confident, even if you don’t feel that way.
16. Obtain assistance: Join a support group for those who have trouble speaking in front of groups. Toastmasters, a nonprofit organization with local chapters those focuse on teaching people speaking and leadership abilities, are some helpful resources.
Other than this, you must relax, exercise daily, develop the habit of healthy eating, avoid alcohol and be spiritual. If you’re a religious or spiritual individual, this can make you feel like you’re part of something bigger than yourself. Attending church and other faith groups can connect you with a support network, and faith can provide a means of coping with everyday stress.
If you want to learn more about this then you can read the book winning with people by John Maxwell. Here is the link where you can purchase Winning with people
After reading how to handle negative people you can also read: https://sudarshanpurohit.com/how-to-develop-positive-thinking/
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