How can I get over my fear of public speaking?
First, understand that this is a common and normal fear. I have instructed high school and university students how to be better public speakers. I have trained thousands of professionals, managers and technicians. I have also coached corporate executives and entrepreneurs.
Every category has those who experience forms of speech anxiety which is also known as the fear of public speaking. This fear has nothing to do with education, economic status or intelligence.
Consider that Winston Churchill, Bill Gates and Sir Richard Branson experienced intense fears of public speaking.
Second, accept that the fear might not totally go away. You might still experience traces of anxiety which could be a good thing.
Third, realize that although the fear is real, the danger is not. There are many different systems and it’s usually the symptoms that bother people.
The fear is all in your mind. Therefore you might need to play some mind games with yourself to manage the symptoms.
Learn to manage the symptom. One way is to create the symptom on purpose when you rehearse your speech. That way you can also rehearse reducing it. That could give you the feeling of control over the symptom.
Remember that the symptom is created within your mind, therefore you can also duplicate it on demand.
Consider too that your audience might not be aware of your internal feelings and never suspect that you are nervous. So don’t tell them.
Because fear is an emotion, you can combat fear by generating opposing emotions such as confidence, joy and well-being.
Build your confidence by learning how to be a better speaker. Take a course, get personal coaching or join Toastmasters. Plan and rehearse each presentation so you feel better prepared. Keep your goal for each presentation simple and build a history of successful presentations.
Apply a little Zen to your preparation. Breathe deeply and slowly before you begin speaking to calm yourself. Imagine how the success will feel after completing this presentation. Or picture yourself doing your favorite activity. That might be a sport, hobby or pastime.
Be willing to experiment with these techniques. It will take effort and some bravery on your part. You can do it.
George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com