5 More Tips to Beat Fear of Speaking

No Fear1) Think of it as a conversation

For some reason, just hearing the words speech and presentation seems to create fear and anxiety in most of us. But almost everybody can carry on a conversation. So think of your ‘talk’ as just that, a conversation with more than person.

If you were talking to your mother, brother, cousin, friend, imagine how easily and comfortably you would be. Now imagine yourself having the same conversation with a room filled with people who are interested in what you have to say – no problem!

2) Keep it simple

Avoid putting pressure on yourself by trying to communicate too many ideas or too much information. The best presentations and speeches are short and concise. Try to limit yourself to three main points, don’t cover more than five.  Use stories and examples, and facts and figures with which you are personally familiar to illustrate your points.

3) Practice

Always leave time for practice. Going through the presentation several times will help you feel comfortable with the material and build your confidence that you can deliver it well. Use a tape recorder or video camera to tape yourself. When you play back your practice session, you will likely notice that you don’t sound or look as nervous as you feel.

4) Visualize success

Create a mental movie of your speaking performance. Imagine yourself in the starring role, being confident and successful. Just as top athletes do, replay this movie over and over in your mind. Visualizing a good result will make it more likely to happen. You may also find it helpful to record yourself using an mp3 or a DV camera – you might be surprised at how calm, cool and collected you sound and look 🙂

5) Lighten up!

No matter how much you prepare and practice, mistakes will happen. The most famous speakers in the world sometimes stumble over a word, momentarily forget what they were going to say or run into some sort of technical problem. (Every one of us is only human after all.)

Great speakers often use these as opportunities to create a stronger bond with the audience by making light of what has happened. Audiences love speakers who can laugh at their own mistakes and move on.

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Susan Macaulay created and curates SheQuotesMy Alzheimer’s Story,  Amazing Women, and Succeed With Susan. She is a feminist, global citizen, lifelong learner and the author of Everyday Feminine Wisdom and soon-to-be-published “the dogs’ breakfast.”

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