For those of us who do not belong in a corporate background and who are not at home with preparing power point presentations, but are still expected to get up in front of an audience and deliver a speech – public speaking can be very daunting.
So here’s a few confidence boosters and also a quick look at why we become so anxious.
- Be prepared. Its not a good idea to hope that inspiration comes to you on the day. Neither is it realistic to expect to remember the facts and figures when you are nervous.. If you expect to be nervous – you will probably forget everything or get it wrong. Having the facts and figures in front of you is a good confidence booster.
- Is what you have to say well written and interesting? Because if it isn’t start there and rewrite so you know you have a coherent presentation to deliver.
- Your audience generally wishes you well, so expect them to welcome and be open to what you have to say.
- They will want to be entertained as well as informed, so one or two light hearted anecdotes usually helps everyone to relax.
- Wear smart clothes and make sure that they are not too tight and that you can breathe properly. Ladies – don’t wear your killer heels – you’ll probably regret it.
- Always stand when addressing your audience and answering their questions. I’m amazed at how often people forget to do this. Its very annoying to not be able to see the speaker.
- Be inclusive of the entire audience. Walk about on the stage even if you do have a podium. It allows you to communicate more easily with different parts of the room. Ensure you make eye contact and include the people in every part of the room – otherwise part of your audience might feel rejected.
Have you prepared your material really well, rehearsed it – learned some of it – and yet are still terrified at the idea of standing alone in public?
If the material you have to put over is relevant and interesting, what makes you seize up? What stops you communicating in a relaxed and friendly manner?
Some of the reasons why.
Fear of speaking in public is as widespread as it is because of the underlying fears which are a common element of the human condition.
This is a fear of being criticised, judged and ultimately found wanting.
And under that is the fear that perhaps you are not quite good enough and that this will be discovered and highlighted if you are in the spotlight.
To effectively overcome these fears it is important to work on how you feel about yourself. Do you like and respect yourself? Do you expect others to like and respect you – or do you expect them to pick holes in you, reject your views and in general become hostile. Above all – are you at ease with yourself?
Its no wonder so many actors are scared to death. They used to be pelted with rotten tomatoes if the audience didn’t like them. Even without the tomatoes – to be at the receiving end of a bored, hostile or alienated audience feels terrible.
The people who are the most successful in engaging their audience are at ease with themselves. They don’t have to deliver the wittiest or the most intellectually challenging speech. But they do have to be at ease with themselves.
To be at ease is not as difficult as it sounds.
There are many homeopathic remedies which help with the nerves and also with self confidence.
I have had excellent results using Theta Healing. This has enabled people to eliminate the negativity they have about themselves very easily and effectively. When the negativity is released then there is a feeling of greater self worth and with that comes ease.
If you would like to become one of the minority who are comfortable and at ease with themselves.
Please call me on – 07979538 378 to find out more
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If you click on the page – What clients have said – you will see how they have overcome their nerves and how their confidence has grown