The average person is more afraid of public speaking than dying – or as Seinfeld quipped, _??most people at a funeral would prefer to be in the casket than giving the eulogy_??.
Richard Branson _??loathes public speaking,_?? Nicole Kidman is always nervous before a performance. Yet there are ways to tackle your presentation fears; all it takes is commitment and some quality tips.
- Preparation – The cornerstone of successful presenting is preparation. Since speaking publicly is daunting enough it’s important to be able to focus purely on delivery. Commit sufficient time to rehearsal.
- Know Your Audience – Anthony Robbins thoroughly researches his prospective audience. By understanding what drives top execs or star athletes, he tailors his material specifically to their needs.
Stage Two: Pre-speech
- Be Excited – According to Joe Ayres; Coping with Speech Anxiety, The Power of Positive Thinking, _??Speech anxiety is positively correlated with negative thoughts_??.
- Alison Brooks’ research, published in The Harvard Business Professor found that speakers who affirm, _??I’m excited_?? achieved better results than speakers who say _??I’m anxious_?? or any other statement.
- Amy Cuddy’s famed Ted Talk: _??Your body language shapes who you are_?? asserts taking on positive body language causes physiological change and increased feelings of confidence. Apparently fake it till you make it is scientifically proven.
Stage Three: The Speech
- Speak with Passion – Robbins recommends only presenting in your field of expertise about something you’re passionate about. He also advises, _??be in the moment and flexible_?? _?_ making it real and raw. When you and the audience enjoy it, _??you’ll be memorable_??.
To learn more, join our next workshop where you can overcome your fear of public speaking in a fun and supportive environment.