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Four Ways to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking

Updated on January 9, 2011

Nearly everyone will have to stand up and talk in front of people at some point in their lives. Whether it is at a wedding, work, or other format, eventually you will most likely have to do some public speaking. The problem is, almost everyone is terrified to stand up and talk in front of people! How can you overcome this fear? Read on to find out some practical tips.

1. Don’t Sweat it. In most format’s it is not as big a deal as you think. Most everyone doesn’t really care what you have to say. They are more concerned with where they have to take their kids next, or what their next meal is going to be. Most of the time, people care much less about what you have to say then you think they do.

2. Don’t draw attention to your flaws. If you mess up, it’s not the end of the world. Everyone messes up, but most of the time people don’t notice. While you may think your error is obvious to all, more than likely it isn’t. If you feel nervous, don’t assume you look nervous. You probably don’t. Imagine your face as an impenetrable mask that no one’s gaze can penetrate. They don’t know what you are thinking on the inside!

3. Prepare! Make a serious effort at crafting your speech and then put in a lot of practice. The more time you spend preparing, the more comfortable you will feel delivering information on whatever topic you are speaking about. For a good guide on how to prepare for a speech, check out this link: How to Make a Speech.

4. Practice! Once you have prepared your speech, practice it! The more you practice, the easier it will be to deliver it when it’s show time!

If you take all of this advice into account, when it’s time for you to stand up and make that speech, you should be extremely comfortable. Don’t worry if you still have some butterflies, most everyone does. But if you prepare well, giving a speech will be much less nerve racking and after the applause has ended, the gratification of knowing you did your best will be a great reward.


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      amybradley77 7 years ago

      So, glad you shard this. It has been a very big problem for me for as long as I have been alive I think. I'm suddenly extremely shy and even kinda paranoid like when put on he spot this way. I hate it, and just know inside that everybody can tell and see just what I'm feelng inside. This causes me to mess it up everytime. You can really see why I totally prefer online to he classroom environment now, can't you. Again thanks, every bit of encouragement can help. A.B.

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      insun kim 7 years ago

      truly, I have no problem with speaking public but when I am tried to be someone else insted of being myself, of course,I will be terrified front of all the people whom stands before me.

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      EneidaLevelNext 7 years ago

      Great article. My favorite line was: don't assume you look nervous. So much of our presentation ability comes from how we perceive ourselves, and most of the time we don't give ourselves nearly enough credit for how good we are. Looking forward to reading more!