Ever had Cotton-mouth? Like when you go in for a job interview, and your mouth turns completely dry? Do you find it difficult to swallow? Do you blush, sweat or even tremble?
Join the club!
There’s an ongoing pandemic stifling the success of individuals across the globe scientifically referred to as “glossophobia”. You may know it by a different name — fear of public speaking! Did you know that numerous studies show that a large majority of individuals worldwide fear public speaking more than darkness, spiders and even death!
Don’t let you hold back by your public speaking fears.
Unlike most other fears, a fear of public speaking can have a dampening effect on several aspects of your career. It keeps us from speaking up in meetings, from networking and building new relationships, and from seeing ourselves as able to teach, train and motivate within our professional network.
“The only way to learn to speak is to speak and speak, and speak and speak, and speak and speak and speak.” – Elbert Hubbard
Did you know that social phobia (including public speaking) has a 10 percent impairment on your potential wages and a 15 percent impairment on your ability to obtain managerial and leadership positions at your company, according to a publication by Columbia University.
So, a fear of public speaking can hold you back, but it doesn’t have to!
Become a better speaker with these 6 tips
As unsettling as the thought of public speaking can be, whether we’re speaking to a massive crowd, giving a business pitch or attending a job interview, our careers often rely on doing it well.
Here are 6 tips to help overcome your fear and perform your best in any public-speaking situation:
1. Get organized
This may seem obvious, and yet it’s worth saying that organizing your thoughts and having written talking points beforehand will help calm your nerves as you will naturally feel better prepared.
2. Eliminate your fear of rejection
I know it’s easier said than done, but try to eliminate all of your fears of rejection, which plays heavily into fear of public speaking. Think about it. The audience is there to listen to you for a reason, make it worth their time.
3. Imagine a safe audience
When Ronald Reagan wrote about public speaking, he shared a secret about his first day as a radio broadcaster. Reagan was nervous. He wondered how he would connect with such a massive audience. His secret? Instead of talking to a “group of unknown listeners,” he imagined he was speaking to the “fellows in the local barbershop.”
4. Short, sweet and…(pause)…to the point
When speaking, keep your sentences short and to the point. Make sure to repeat key messages. Also, a short pause in between main points can help add anticipation to what you’re going to say next.
5. Get experience
Martin McDermott, author of Speak With Courage, has taught communication skills for more than 25 years. He found that people with performance experience — no matter what level — typically take to public speaking more naturally. We’ll even let you count an impassioned speech to your friends.
Elbert Hubbard once said, “The only way to learn to speak is to speak and speak, and speak and speak, and speak and speak and speak.”
Practice is key to mastering virtually every skill, and public speaking is no exception. Some of the world’s greatest speakers understood the importance of practice as preparation. Winston Churchill, for example, spent an hour preparing for every minute of delivery. But perhaps Mark Twain put it best when he said:
“I … never could make a good impromptu speech without several hours to prepare it.”
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