Got a fear of public speaking? If you’re one of the millions of people who fear public speaking, this brief article and video are for you.
The fear of public speaking is one of the biggest fears humans develop typically during their formative years. People are born with two natural fears including loud noises and the fear of falling. Everything else including the fear of public speaking we learn as we age.
In the video, I describe two ways to overcome the fear of public speaking.
- Find a role model, mentor, coach, or trainer. I am fortunate to have parents who are phenomenal public speakers. I learned by growing up around natural leaders, business owners, and public speakers. Then, from my first sales and marketing job, I had to learn to get over my fears, get on stage, and perform the best I could. I’ve spoken hundreds of times in front of small groups, and I’ve won major sporting events in front of crowds. I know the pressure of public performing and speaking. We all need role models! Search online for videos and articles. Get out into local networking groups, watch, learn, and emulate what you see. Practice often and watch your confidence grow.
- Remember your purpose. The second greatest way to overcome your fear of public speaking is to remember the presentation or speech isn’t about you! If you believe your purpose is to use your God-given gifts and passions to learn, teach, speak, and help others, then your purpose is about making a difference for your audience. When you learn to focus on performing your best and making a difference for others, you tap into your innate nature to help other people. You’re motivated by a natural power within you to help others.
Naturally, you have to know your subject and practice your speech as much as you can. Use your phone to record and watch videos of yourself. Have a friend or relative help you by listening, watching, and critiquing. And remember to ignore the negative people who simply seek to hold you back.
There are three keys to successful public speaking that I teach and coach in my life, remote speaker training, and a coaching program.
- Prepare like a professional. This means know your stuff.
- Practice active visualization and rehearse your presentation.
- Present a credible, meaningful experience for your audience.
Use the three keys along with remembering your purpose to make a difference for others, and you’re on your way to overcoming your fear of public speaking.
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