My Tips For Public Speaking
Universally, public speaking remains one of the most prominent fears that human beings confess to having. The official term is called Glossophobia: “An intense anxiety prior to, or simply at the thought of having to verbally communicate with any group.”
Can this fear be overcome? Yes!
Before I provide my tips, I want to share with you my thoughts on the subject. I honestly use to despise speaking in public. Despite making others smile and laugh throughout my childhood, public speaking did little to appeal to me. And much like everyone else, it made me quite nervous. These are the tips that allowed me to not only conquer my nerves, but also help turn public speaking into my most valuable asset.
Slow Down – The quicker you speak, the more likely you are to make mistakes. Speak at a comfortable pace and never leave that comfort zone.
Know Your Material – Choose a topic that interests you and do plenty of research.
Don’t Obsess Over Mistakes – Even the professionals make errors. Stay composed and keep moving forward.
Speak With Confidence – Make eye contact, smile, project your voice, choose your words carefully and enunciate.
Practice – Rehearsing in front of the mirror is a tried, tested and true method of perfecting a speech or presentation. Attempting to “wing it” is a recipe for disaster.
These tips allowed me to successfully host my own radio programs with thousands listening at any given time, present important material in front of business professionals and even speak on stage in front of 15,000 people and feel completely at home. Sure I had a few butterflies in my stomach, but that fear was non-existent.
I hope these tips help!