You’ve been chosen to be a public speaker in your place. You’re so excited about that, and you told all your friends to show up to see you in the show.
Time has come! You get on the stage, and you see… “OMG, how many people are there in the audience? A hundred? A thousand?” You’re suddenly frozen and don’t know what to say.
Well, that happens to everyone.
C’mon! Grasp that mic and rock the audience!
I know that’s easier said than done, but there is certainly something you can do to get through this situation.
First things first, let’s steer clear of the thought that you’re the only one who’s shaking on the stage. Everybody does. At least one time in their whole life. You’re afraid of giving a speech in front of many people. You’re scared of presenting your ideas in class, in the workplace, or even in a small group?
That’s totally normal!
All your tension about public speaking is called glossophobia, meaning literally the fear of the tongue.
If it seems like your worst nightmare, you’re not alone. Actually, you’re one of the estimated 70% of the population that have an intense fear of public speaking. But don’t worry! Here are 3 follow-up tips that you can use to transform you into a confident public speaker.
Ask yourself 3 things:
- What is your topic? Or more detail, what are you going to talk about?
- How much time do you have?
- How exactly are you going to present your topic?
Spend at least a week before the deadline thinking about these 3 questions.
Knowing your subject backward and forward will give your more confidence and make your speech more convincing. Finding out about the time limit will get you out of a lot of trouble and confusion.
Write down how you will give your presentation step by step. Don’t write down every word you’re going to say. Just make a clear outline of what you want your audience to get from your speech.
After that, practice! Practice, practice, practice! I say it 3 times because it’s darn so important. Practice makes perfect. And the more you own your subject, the more people will believe in you.
2. Know your audience
The best public speakers know when and where to make a joke, or to be serious. And that’s a skill that you will learn after several speeches.
Right now, see if your audience will be a group of students, your colleagues, or you bosses. This kind of audience will keep you from some awkward moments during your oral presentation.
Tell a personal story or anecdote that you think will touch the group of listeners. This action will show your audience that you’re taking control.
3. Posture and physicality
Posture is keeping your anxiety away while giving your speech and knowing what to do with your body.
Before your presentation, avoid a large meal. Eat something you like and something that gives you enough energy for the show. Bring a bottle of water on stage if allowed.
Take a look around the podium. Where is the best spot for you to connect with your audience? And where will the sound travel well? Find out about these beforehand.
Take a deep breath. Stand naturally. Not too steep or slumped. Good posture will help you breathe and speak easier. It will also let your audience know that you are calm and in control. Express your body language in an appropriate level. Make eye contact. And now, you’re ready to speak out!
Did these tips work for you? Let me know.