How to Deal With Nervousness While Public Speaking
Public speaking is something that a large percentage of people struggle with. Staying calm and having confidence in public speaking situations can be very difficult and takes lots of practice to master. While the act may be easier for some than it will for others, anyone can potentially get good at it. There are a plethora of helpful tricks that you can use to overcome your fear of public speaking. In this article, you are going to learn a few of those.
Choose The Topic That Interests You
The first thing that you need to do in order to get over your nervousness in public speaking is to choose a topic that you are interested in. It is human nature to only put about half-effort into things that do not interest us. If you are trying to speak on a topic that does not interest you, it will make it much harder for you to convey an interesting speech.
All in all, make sure that you are fully invested in the topic that you are covering prior to making a public speech about it.
Speak From Your Heart, Not Like A Script
The next tip for how not to be nervous when presenting in public is to speak from your heart. When it comes to speaking from your heart, this refers to the fact that you should sound natural. Once again, speaking naturally about a topic requires that you are invested into it. If you know enough about a topic, you should be able to talk about it for some time without running out of things to say.
If you follow a script word-for-word, the crowd will be able to tell and it will make you sound sort of robotic. If you want to sound like a natural, most of your speech should be phrased in your own words.
Nervousness in public speaking is similar to nervousness in your day-to-day life and there are ways that you can deal with it. One of the best ways to deal with nervousness is to slow down. Being nervous is usually accompanied by racing thoughts, anxiety, and butterflies in the stomach.
All of these things can be greatly reduced through deep breathing techniques. Slow down, take a deep breath, and concentrate on the task at hand. Along with this, meditation can be a great way to stabilize a hyperactive brain. Meditation has been shown to improve your prefrontal cortex function which can increase concentration and reduce anxiety.
Utilize Tools To Help
Tools like Powerpoint are another great way to deal with nervousness in public speaking. A Powerpoint not only acts as a script while you are speaking, but it also takes some of the attention off of you and moves it to the Powerpoint. You can also make your speech more interesting through the use of pictures, videos, or other visuals.
Make sure that you do not solely base your speech off of a Powerpoint as it can become boring and monotonous. An interesting speech followed by a short Powerpoint can be a great combination for success.
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Get Comfortable With The Venue
Just as you should be comfortable with the topic you are speaking about, you should also familiarize yourself with the location at which the speech will take place. The reason that you may be getting nervous while you are speaking in public is that you are out of your comfort zone. Getting comfortable with the venue allows you to be relaxed no matter where you are.
Either joining a small meeting or a big conference group to give a public speech can be easily accomplished as long as you are familiar with the environment you are in. To reduce nervousness, you need to make yourself comfortable with as many factors as you can. Getting yourself comfortable with the topic, location, and finally, the crowd can greatly reduce your nerves while you are speaking.
Let Audiences Engage
The next trick to being calm while public speaking is to engage your audience in the speech. Those who are sitting in the audience should feel like they are thinking and learning during your speech. If you engage your crowd, they will look much more interested and you will feel less nervous. With all that begin said, engaging your crowd can be one of the hardest things to do while you are speaking. Try asking questions, bringing volunteers to the stage, or using interesting videos to engage your viewers.
Ask For Help
If all else fails, another option that you have is to simply ask someone for help. There are tons of people out there who are just like you and have experienced public speaking nervousness. Asking them what tips they used to overcome their fear can help you develop some of your own techniques.
Public speaking, like most things in life, take lots of practice to be good at. Consider sitting in the audience of a public speaker who you feel looks confident and does a good job of engaging their audience. From this point of view, you can see and learn useful ways to help yourself. Afterward, you could even speak to them and let them know your situation. Chances are, they may be able to give you some helpful tips.
Understanding that your public speaking nervousness is completely normal is the first step to overcoming your fear. Whether you are speaking in a small meeting room or in front of a large crowd, butterflies are probably going to flutter in your belly. Following the tips that have been covered here along with some of your personal observations can greatly assist you along your journey of overcoming your fear of public speaking.
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