You are ready to walk on stage to meet your audience. There’s a full hall of people eagerly awaiting your speech. Your heart’s pumping fast and the palms of your hands are sweaty. These are some of the symptoms many people face with public speaking.
So, today I want to talk about some of the skills you need to master when public speaking. They are problems that should be taken seriously, that’s if you do suffer from them. Note that each problem is not the same the other and that removing the fear is going to be different for every single person.
Overcome your fears
Whether it is anxiety, panic attacks or even suffering from Insomnia, these are some of the common problems associated with public speaking. But once you have found the light at the end of the tunnel, the change is uplifting and you will start to enjoy public speaking. There are many short courses you can sign up to and these training events help you understand your fears and start to conquer them.
Boost your self-confidence
When you are able to overcome your fear, and have delivered more public speaking events, you will become more proficient at it, and then your confidence will grow. There’s nothing better when you feel great. Your shoulders are back, you walk onto the stage and everyone sees you oozing with confidence.
“The minute you walk on stage to deliver your talk; you are instantly an authority to your team members and even to potential prospects whom don’t even know you yet”- Jalal Zaitouni
Let your personality come through
Be yourself, let your personality come through. Nobody wants to hear a talking robot. You will earn better credibility if you let your personality shine though. If your audience can see you as a real person they will trust what you have to say.
Leadership is all about influence, about taking people from one point and moving them to another. Anything that help increase your influence is generally a good move.
“Fear is so subtle and deeply seated. You may go through life burdened with it and yet never recognize its presence”- Napoleon Hill
Increase your empathy
A good speaker identifies themselves with others. Learning to understand and read an audience well increases your ability to understand and impact others. Unfortunately empathy is not taught in schools and yet it’s vitally important to learn and use these skills in leadership.
Practice does not make it perfect
Good communication is never perfect and no one expects you to be perfect. However, putting in time to do your homework and preparation will assist with you delivering a better speech.
Last, look at how you handle interruptions, such as a sneeze or a question that you weren’t prepared for. Does your face show surprise, hesitation or annoyance? If so, practice them to that you’re even better next time.