Speaking in public was one of the biggest challenges I had before gaining admission into the university. It was a big problem for me because I had stage fright whenever I stood up to talk to people. Throughout my primary and secondary education, I grew with that fear of speaking in public until I eventually met someone who tutored me on how to overcome fear when speaking in public.
Frankly speaking, it is not going to be easy to overcome fear during public speaking, but it is not impossible to overcome it. In this article, i will share with you some of the tips to overcome fear while speaking in the public. I therefore enjoin you to continue reading very carefully so that you will be able to grasp everything contained here.
How to overcome fear when speaking in public
Public speaking is the act of speaking to a group of people in a structured manner. It could be a formal or informal speech. A formal speech is a speech presented to a prestigious audience according to strict etiquette. On the other hand, an informal speech is usually a speech delivered to people without following the strict rule of public speaking.
At first, public speaking is usually hard for everyone. Conversely, it takes a lot of time and practice to master the act. In my own case, it took me two years to be able to give extemporaneous speeches without fear or tension. It did not just happen overnight.
So, as you read and practice the tips shared in this work, do not panic if you aren’t seeing results very fast. Take your time to learn and practice because that is the only way you can know how to excellently speak in the public without any atom of fear or tension. As we continue, i will share with you some tips to speak boldly in the public.
1. Be relaxed
One of the important factor that result in a deplorable speech is not being relaxed before engaging in a speech presentation. That presentation will surely be a mess.
It is just like stopping a person who is running by the road side, and asking him to present a speech to you. To persons who are experienced in speech presentation, it might be easier, but believe me, it will be a big problem to the newbies. So what is the right thing to do?
Make sure you are at the place you are supposed to present your speech 1hour before you are called. Relax your mind and meditate your work. This is undoubtedly a tentative solution for reducing tension during public speaking.
2. Find out who your audience are
To make an excellent and bold speech, you must be able to predict the kind of audience you are to address. This is not something everyone knows, it is a secret trick I think will help you. There are three(3) thing predicting your audience will help you do.
It will help you choose the right words for your speech
It will help you to know how technical your speech should be
And lastly, It will reduce your tension
3. Write down your work if necessary
Weather or not you are giving your speech off-hand, you should write it down in piece of paper. However, this is not what you must do (for those who are already good in public speaking). It is voluntarily. But it will be of great help to those who are very callow and timid in speaking to the public.
The advantages of this to newbie speakers cannot be overruled. Writing down your work, should replace cramming your work. This is so because writing down your work helps you to prepare a very coordinated work, and keep the work in your memory without necessarily cramming it.
4. Note your key points
Now that your work has been penned down, the next step is to get the key points in that work. Make sure you have the key points of your speech in your head.
It is as opposed to cramming the whole work, which is capable of destroying your speech presentation. Noting your key points, will also facilitate a cohesive speech presentation, and will make it impossible for you to be short of words.
5. Stay focused
Apparently, your ability to focus is another key factor for an excellent speech. You cannot successfully give a good speech presentation without being focused. You must learn to keep your mind around the topic you are discussing.
Do not put in anything that will make you digress from your topic. Make sure you do only that which you have written down and have memorized, so as to avoid being short of words.
6. Don’t be tensed
The most difficult obstacle to defeat in public speaking is tension. Tension can totally get you frustrated when making a public speaking. Believe me, if tension can be totally obliterate, then an excellent public speaking is already assured. This is because tension is the root of almost all scattered speech.
Just two weeks ago, a student was giving the opportunity to speak in his graduation party, and while he was presenting his speech, the publicaddress system fell of his hands because of the great tension he had at that time, and this eventually led to a deplorable speech. To defeat tention during public speaking, you must memorize your speech properly and learn to stay focused until you are done with the speech.
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If you have been having the problem with public speaking, the above points are what you need most for a start. However, you must also know that, you can only be very good in public speaking if you keep practicing. The more experienced you are, the better your public speaking skill will be. So keep practicing and keep getting better.
Edeh Samuel Chukwuemeka ChMC, is a Law Student and a Certified Mediator/Conciliator in Nigeria. He is also a Developer with knowledge in HTML, CSS, JS, PHP and React Native. Samuel is bent on changing the legal profession by building Web and Mobile Apps that will make legal research a lot easier.