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Overcome the Fear of Speaking in Public – 5 Reasons

Here at Better Speaking Skills, we are looking for actionable tips on improving our speaking skills. However, we don’t pay much attention to overcoming the fear of speaking in public even though it might be twice efficient.

In fact, 74% of people suffer from glossophobia, aka a fear of speaking in public. Believe it or not, having this fear negatively affects your well-being, and you lose a big variety of opportunities around you. If you think that it’s hard to overcome the fear of speaking in public, you’re right. On the other hand, once you do your best to beat it, you get much more.

Fearless public speech is not just a dream; it’s you who can change your life for better.

Here are 5 reasons to overcome the fear of speaking in public:

Heightened Self-confidence

No one wants to feel humiliated after public speaking, but it’s nearly impossible to prevent this feeling if you made mistakes while delivering a speech. Unfortunately, speech anxiety affects our performance, and it’s more likely you fail if you’re worrying. Therefore, your failures decrease self-confidence.

All in all, you need to beat the fear of speaking in public to stay confident and achieve success in any niche you want to.

Increase Your Potential

Every person has a fear, and in most cases, it’s just a question of emotions. Unfortunately, having a fear decreases your energy and put limits on your growth. Once you overcome a fear, you increase your potential as there are no frames for your development.

Are you reaching your potential? It might be high time to start living a better life: without any fears.

Take a Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Living within your comfort zone is a normal thing for most people as we are afraid of getting out of this area: everything scares. Scientifically, a comfort zone is a type of behavior that keeps you on the lowest level of anxiety. However, if you break out of this zone, you’re able to develop some new skills which may lead to your growth.

Establish More Contacts

Have you ever dreamed of being a successful person? I bet that you have. In fact, successful people have a big number of contacts that help them a lot. If you don’t have a fear of speaking in public, you can establish contacts that would be beneficial for you.

Obviously, you need to understand people who are listening to your speech, and audience analysis is a number-one thing as it helps to suit the needs. Once you know how to fit people’s expectations and needs, you can establish good and long-term contact.

Find Support and Understanding

There is one thing for you to remember: your audience is not waiting for your failure. People come to find actionable tips on solving their problems, and they rely on you as you’re an expert in the niche. Thus, you can find support and understanding while delivering a speech, and it’s easier if you don’t have a fear of speaking in public. Once you share your thought with the audience, use eye-contact to find those who completely support you. It can be important not only for the moment of speech.

Wrap-up

Having fears gives you nothing but anxiety. To stand out from the crowd and achieve success, you need to do your best in order to overcome your fear. The faster you do it, the better. There are more reasons to overcome the fear of speaking in public, and you’re welcome to list yours to motivate each other beat it once and for all.

So, are you ready to overcome this fear?

Lale Byquist is a media communications student who has overcome the fear of speaking in public. Lale runs PresentationSkills.me website where she shares her tips and pieces of advice. Follow her on Twitter or drop a line at lale.byquist@gmail.com

Lale Byquist

Liven Your Audience in a Speech Presentation – 3 Ways

Let us explore 3 ways to liven your audience today.

I once encountered an employee who refused a job promotion because the new job required her to speak publicly. If she had accepted the new post, it would have meant a 30% increase in her salary. Nevertheless, her fear of public speaking got the better of her. Today, she remains in her old job, happy, despite having to survive with a low salary 🙂

I am sure you have heard about the old adage that people fear speaking in public more than they fear dying. Before you repeat this phrase to anyone, know the origins of this saying first. A dubious research called the Bruskin Report was done in 1973 on the 14 greatest fears of Americans. Apparently, Americans at that time were most fearful of public speaking. For some strange reason, the findings of this research are still ignorantly repeated by many public speaking trainers until today.

Maybe at that time, dying was an abstract concept and appeared far away while the podium was right in front of them. Nevertheless, if you fear public speaking, you really can “grab the bull by its horns” and maybe you won’t enjoy it, but after a while, you’ll be able to get through it easier. Half of your battle is won if you just knowing what you are going to say, and anticipating what others are going to ask. Simple eh?

Here are 3 ways you could use to liven your audience

Has a boring speaker ever put you to sleep? As a speaker, have you put your audience to sleep? Your head begins to nod as you battle with the urge to slide blissfully into the Land of the Z’s. Has your mind ever wandered aimlessly during someone’s boring presentation? Although you tried to listen intently, what you were really thinking about were the many tasks waiting for you in the office.

Well, this has happened to me too, more than I would like to admit. God knows how many people I’ve put to sleep during my presentations too 🙂

However, prevent it from happening to you when you are the presenter. The key to keeping your audience alert is to involve them in your speech. Oh, yes! Studies have shown that the more you involve your listeners, the more they will be alert. Why? Because your engagement will enable them to absorb your presentation through more than one “sense”. The “sense” I am referring to here is the sense of sound, smell, touch, sight & hopefully taste.

You can involve your listeners in many ways. I have listed 3 of my favorites here. Try them all. Some will work well with your presentation and that feel genuine to you. If it feels uncomfortable, it will look uncomfortable, therefore don’t use it. To a large extent, some of the 5 senses mentioned earlier will be naturally incorporated when you employ these methods.

1. High-five

This is one of my personal favorites but it depends on the seating arrangement & the nature of your speech. If you ever feel like the energy in the room is dull, you can uplift it by employing this technique. Simply ask a question. Ask, “Is this good stuff? Yes or yes?” Your audience will have no choice but to respond with “Yes”. Then say “Then, turn to the person on your left and give them a high-five and shout ‘This is good stuff!’” Most people will enjoy it. However, if you have anyone who does not want to participate, don’t worry about it. They probably have their own reasons and we respect them for their reasons.

In some cultures, women are not allowed to touch a man. Therefore, be sensitive to such situations and use the high-five appropriately. The high-five approach would be most suitable for a persuasive or motivational speech.

2. Do Exercises

I learned this technique from the famous millionaire T. Harv Ecker when I attended his “Millionaire Mind Intensive” workshop. He said, “Let your audience to do some work.” To achieve this, break them into small groups with people that they don’t know and give them a task that is relevant to your presentation. Later, ask them to share their findings with the rest of the group and thank them for doing so.

This method will work fine for workshops that involves small groups of people. You will experience a logistical nightmare if you try this with an audience of more than 50 people. If you really need to do this for large groups, then its best that you have a few assistants to help you.

3. Give Them a Gift

Reward your listeners for participating, and they will be more than happy to participate even more. Simply ask a question and when someone answers it (correctly or otherwise), get the audience to clap as a sign of encouragement. You can go one step further by giving them a gift if you are dealing with a small crowd. I find that chocolate works best. Chocolates have the ability to keep people mentally alert. You will find that it becomes a game and people will compete for the chocolate.

I don’t use this for all my speeches because as I mentioned earlier, it depends on the size of the crowd and seating arrangement.

There are numerous other techniques to prevent your audience from slipping blissfully into the Land of the Z’s. What is paramount is for you to cook up as many different methods as you can imagine that are suitable for your audience and for you as the speaker. Believe me, your audience will thank you for your original creativity.

I wish you well.

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