The month of July is Freedom from Fear of Speaking month. It’s a time to reflect on the privilege that we have to the freedom of speech. However, a fear of public speaking stops many people from voicing their opinions and sharing their knowledge with others.
Take control of your fear of speaking and use today’s Tuesday Tips to help conquer your fear.
- Organize your material well and make sure you know what you are talking about. If you are speaking about a topic that you are knowledgeable about and feel comfortable with it will make your speech much more conversational.
- Rehearse and practice your speech in front of a mirror or in a webcam so you can hear how you sound.
- Take the time before your speech to meet and talk to audience members—this will calm you down and make you feel like you know your audience.
- Dress professionally—it will boost your confidence and make you feel more prepared.
- Don’t read word for word from your notes or from your PowerPoint.
- Remember to relax—breathe deeply, let go of tension, and remember the audience wants you to succeed.
- Visualize yourself giving the speech and it going well. Having a positive outlook will decrease any negativity you have towards your speech.
- Look into your local Toastmasters organization. This non-profit group focuses on providing people with the training to enhance speaking and professional skills.
We hope these tips will help you next time you are working on a speech. Public speaking can be frightening; however, with the right mindset and preparation it can be less scary.
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