Pretending your audience is invisible as you speak. Find a spot in three directions and look at all three to show your head moving in acknowleding them, while you're really looking pass them.
Prepare and pratice. Know your subject so well that all you need are the highlights of your talk. Do not read to them, talk to them.
"Courage is not the absence of fear, but the mastery of it." - author unknown.
Anything worth doing usually requires a certain amount of risk. "Risk" is one of the many catalysts for fear.
Conquering a fear of public speaking can be accomplished by using the same principles that you would use to conquer the fear of most anything.
1.) Identify what it is exactly that makes you afraid of public speaking. Here are some common concerns that people fear: Is there something about my appearance that I don't like? Will I say something people will think is stupid? Is my voice clear and easy to understand? Will I forget something or loose my place in my presentation? etc. etc. etc. Personalize it for YOU! It may be one, or a long list. Whatever it is, once you identify it you will be able to work on overcoming it.
2.) Prepare your message carefully! There are many different methods to preparing a public presentation. Some people write it out word for word and then read it exactly as it is written from their notes. Other people will write an outline and then speak from their thoughts using the outline to keep them on track. Whatever method you choose your confidence will be much higher if you thoroughly know your subject matter.
3.) Prepare yourself mentally. For whatever reason, YOU are the person who is giving the presentation. Therefore, YOU have something important to say and the people in the audience are there to hear you say it. If you have done your research, practiced your delivery, and prepared your appearance to the best of your ability, then get out there and speak with authority.
These three thing are by no means all inclusive to conquering a fear of public speaking, but they should help you get started.
You may not be able to eliminate the fear completely, but you can learn to overcome it.
Take a mental moment and realize your thoughts are already organized. Understand that a little anxiety is always good, it is the tool that we use and get the best outcomes. So take a deep breath, grab hold to that confidence within, focus on your decided topic and launch into the final accomplishment you set off to establish......The Message.
When I first began researching speaking in public and how to stop fearing it; much of the research I read really emphasized the importance of practicing your speeches. Now, I don't mean just practice it once the night before and hope it goes well. That's not practicing; that is just wishful thinking. You may be asking "How is practicing my speech going to help me to stop being scared of public speaking?" Well, just like anything else in life, the more you do something the better you get. Speech is no different, and the better you get the more your confidence goes up and you can relax when giving your speech because you know you're prepared.
Practice, practice, practice. The more you speak in public the easier it will get. Knowing your subject material well will also give you the confidence going into the speech that you need to perform without anxiety.
Practicing your speech in front of a mirror or a couple of family members can also help you prepare both the speech itself and for the idea that you are talking in front of others.
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