Once you hear the word ‘public speaking’, a shiver runs down your spine and you start biting your nails fearing to face any large audience. Sound familiar?
Fear not my friend, fear not . . . unFOMO is here to the rescue! Here are the 10 easiest ways to overcome your fears of public speaking fears and dare I say become a master orator:
1. Hyper Organization
Have your presentation fully organized at least 24 hours before the event. This will help calm your nerves and give you the preparation confidence to speak before any size audience.
2. “Practice, not a game, not a game, not a game, but we’re talking about practice.”
Yes Mr. Iverson, practice. This may seem obvious but (protip) every great presenter practices before their speech before hand, no matter how senior. Practicing will help you best pace and enunciate your voice. Try to have the final draft completed at least 24 hours before the big day so you can best prepare yourself mentally and physically.
3. Make the Mirror Your Friend
Speaking in front of a mirror will help you to easily adjust your facial expressions, posture, body language and eye contact. Practicing with the mirror will help you correct the small details to become more interactive with the audience.
4. Record and Listen Your Voice
If you record and listen to your speech, you will consciously and subconsciously become acquainted with the inflection points, tone and planned pauses. Your audience will appreciate it; so try to make time to record yourself at least once before the event!
5. Consider Elocution Classes
A speaking coach or a voice class will greatly help you develop your voice power and confidence, which will greatly help reduce your fears.
6. Begin with Passion
You will be much more comfortable speaking about a topic you are passionate about, so if you are beginner, try to choose to speak about topics of interest until you are comfortable in front of an audience.
7. Self Reflection
Introspecting on your weaknesses will allow you to consciously focus on those areas. In turn, this will help you to slowly overcome your fears of public speaking.
8. Enjoy It
Try your best to live in the moment and enjoy your time at the podium! If you do happen to sub-optimally perform, don’t worry one bit! Next time, will be so much easier.
9. Don’t Focus on the Audience Behavior
Yes, try to deliver equal eye contact among the audience BUT try your best to focus on yourself and not the audience behavior or background commotion. Example: If someone is on their phone during your speech or is talking to their friend, don’t let it affect you from delivering a performance at the top of your range.
10. Recognize Your Success
Recognize and reward yourself every time after you speak in public. Over time this will help you develop self-pride over your public speaking success and in turn help you overcome your fears!