Fear of public speaking is very commomn, with almost 1 in 4 people reporting being anxious when presenting ideas and information in front of an audience. Being a good public speaker is an essential skill that can help you advance your career, grow your business, and form strong relationships.
While fear teaches you to protect yourself in risky situations, letting that fear stand between you and your audience could prevent you from sharing inspiring ideas, speaking about important work, and presenting interesting solutions to problems that affect many people. In short, it's everyone's loss.
Some of them address the physiological aspect of fear, others focus on the cognitive aspects, and and a few focus on the behavioral components that contribute to higher levels of fear and anxiety around public speaking.
Learn how to put your body in a calm state.
Challenge your beliefs about public speaking.
Shift your focus from performance to communication.
Once we can learn to control these feelings and conquer the urge to flee the perceived danger, we can begin to enjoy the process of public speaking. Speech is power: Speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel.
"Make sure that you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening!