Why it’s so important to become a confident public speaker
Speaking in public is a huge hurdle for many, many people. So, why is conquering speaking anxiety, or stage fright, so important? It’s because the ability to speak confidently in public can unlock massive opportunities in our lives and careers.
Here are only a few of the benefits of being able to speak without stage fright:
- The people who speak, in almost any profession, make more money
- Public speaking gives you the power to inform and PERSUADE others
- It turns you into THE expert in your field
- Those who speak get promotions faster
- Speakers generate more sales
- Confident speaking lets you be seen as a LEADER in your niche
- And, conquering speaking fear boosts your self-confidence in ALL areas of life…
7 Powerful tips to overcome your fear of public speaking fast
1. Choose A Topic That You’re Passionate About
When you speak about a subject that actually means something to you, you will automatically feel more inspired to share. Having a strong desire to share your message will naturally keep your speaking confidence high.
If you instead speak on a topic that doesn’t inspire you, you will tend to feel unprepared. Also, your anxiety can be increased if your audience begins to ask questions to which you’re unprepared to answer.
Stick to what you know, or at least care about most, and you will have set yourself up to deliver a great speech.
2. Keep Your Speech Outline Down to 3 Main Key Points
By keeping your speech simple, precise, and to the point, you will be helping yourself as well as your audience.
Fewer key points will make your speech easier to remember for you. It will also make it much easier for your audience to follow along and learn from your information.
The length of your speaking presentation doesn’t matter. You can deliver a 5-minute speech as well as a 90-minute speech focussing on only 3 main points.
How is this possible? Well, for a long speech, you simply go into greater detail and tell more stories. For a short one, only say what needs to be said in order to be understood.
3. Use Memory Techniques
The fear of forgetting your speech can be a major cause of stress. The way to eliminate this aspect of stage fright is to make it so you can’t forget your speech.
There are many memory techniques that can be effectively applied to speeches. A simple one is known as linking.
For linking, you simply take your speech outline and link each topic together in a visual way. For example, take your first topic and then turn it into a picture that you can easily remember.
Next, you turn your next topic into another picture. Finally, use visualization to imagine a scenario where the two pictures are interacting in a strange and/or unusual way. The more vivid and strange you make this, the better.
You can use this technique throughout your entire speech and link each topic to the next. For more details on using the linking technique for speeches, check out my FREE ebook Crush Stage Fright.
4. Pre-Speech Rituals
How you prepare and what you do before the day of your speech can have a major impact on whether or not your experience stage fright.
Overcoming your fear of speaking in public starts BEFORE you ever step up to the microphone. To see my personal pre-speech ritual checklist, grab your free copy of Crush Stage Fright.
Here are some simple steps to take to make sure you’re prepared for your next presentation:
- Drink a lot of water the day before AND the day of your speech
- Avoid dairy on the day of your speech (It can cause excess phlegm)
- Don’t drink coffee or caffeine before your speech (It will increase your nervousness)
- Arrive early to the venue so that you can get “a feel” for the room
- Test your microphone BEFORE your speech so you know the right volume to speak at
5. Use Visualization
See yourself, in your mind, delivering a perfect speech. This is a great mental exercise that will make you feel as though, “I’ve done this before,” when you finally take the stage.
To make your visualization even more accurate, try to find a picture or even visit the actual venue, before the day of your speech. The more you visualize delivering your speech, the more comfortable you’ll feel on the big day.
You can also visualize things not going well. Imagine a waiter dropping a tray or any other interruption. Then, see yourself handling the situation like a professional and easily moving on with your presentation.
Doing this will make you feel more prepared for the unknown and boost your speaking confidence significantly.
Using self-hypnosis is also a very effective way to utilize vivid visualization.
6. Add A Little Funny To Your Speech
Adding humor to your presentation is a great way to help both you and your audience to relax. Humor connects you to your audience and gets them on your side quickly.
Unless you’re a stand-up comedian, don’t overdo it with the jokes. A few strategically placed one-liners here and there is all you need.
Obviously, you’ll want to keep your jokes clean and appropriate for your audience.
7. Use Anxiety Reappraisal
Anxiety reappraisal is one of the simplest, yet most powerful ways to crush the fear of speaking in public. The way it works is to simply re-frame your thinking when it comes to public speaking.
The moment you begin to feel anxious or nervous about your speech, simply change how you view those feelings.
An easy example is to change the thought, “I can’t believe I HAVE to do this.” With anxiety reappraisal, you would change that thought to, “I can’t believe I GET to do this.”
I know that this sounds almost too simple, but it is one of the MOST effective tactics that I’ve listed. Give it a shot and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Overcoming my personal fear of public speaking has literally changed my life. I would love to help you do the same. I’ve taken every tip, trick, & technique that I’ve discovered in my speaking career and put them into a free ebook for whoever wants to improve their speaking skills.
The book is called, “Crush Stage Fright – How To OWN The Stage And Turn Your Fear Of Public Speaking Into POWER.” – Grab your FREE copy by clicking on the link.
For videos that deal with conquering stage fright & public speaking, here’s a Youtube playlist that I’ve created for you – Overcome The Fear Of Public Speaking