Category Archives: Overcoming the Fear of Speaking
For some reason, many people would rather die, hang out with snakes or play with spiders than get up and speak in front of a group of fellow humans. Funny, but as nerve-wracking as public speaking can be, for me it certainly beats the heck out of dying, snakes and most definitely spiders!
But it doesn’t have to be that way for you. Here are some things you can do to overcome the fear of public speaking and use this powerful tool for growing your visibility and your business.
Often the fear of public speaking stems from the fear of feeling foolish when you forget what you wanted to say. So, if you prepare for your speech by practicing it until you know it well, you can allay these fears.
Another way to prepare is to know your topic so well that you can give the speech extemporaneously if you need to.
“If people cannot articulate their ideas in written and oral form,” says Stephen Cox, chair and associate professor of the Department of Organizational Communication at Murray State University in Kentucky, “then those people fail to exist in our social world; they’re invisible. The way you are known and come to know others is through communication.”
Despite the fact that we communicate every day of our lives, people still find doing so in front of a group — or even an authority figure — quite daunting (if not terrifying). This is why participating in a speech club or public speaking group such as Toastmasters is so important.
Every time I stand up to give a speech, my stomach does flip flops because, for some reason, my body thinks that standing up in front of an audience to speak is just like facing a great danger to my person. My body prepares for fight or flight. I’m sure […]
Eliminate the Fear of Speaking
By Featured Speaker Arvee Robinson
Why Do You Feel So Nervous?
Feeling nervous before you speak in front of a room full of people is quite common among the majority of people today. According to surveys, many people would rather die than give a speech. However, remember no one has actually died from stage fright. It may help if you understand why the body goes into a complete fearful state when asked to give a speech. This feeling is actually the body’s natural “fight or flight” response when it encounters danger. The body releases adrenalin increasing your heart rate, blood circulation, and pulse rate causing the feeling of nausea, shaky knees, trembling lips, and sweaty hands. Below are 4 strategies to eliminate the fear of speaking and gain confidence.
1. Start with the 3 P’s.
- a. Planning your presentation.
Whether you are giving a 30-second introduction or a 60-minute sales presentation, it is imperative that you first plan your talk on paper. Thinking you can just “wing-in” will end up in total disaster and the loss of potential sales.