Public Speaking: a common fear
It may be an after dinner speech, a short
talk at a wedding or even a simple business presentation or
seminar, but speaking in front of others seems to instill an
irrational fear in many people. Here are a few tips that
To overcome this fear, it often helps to
pinpoint exactly what it is about public speaking that
These are some of the things clients tell
us they fear most:
Forgetting what they are talking about
– their mind going blank.
Having someone in the audience who knows
more than they do.
People noticing that they are nervous.
Being asked questions that they have no
Once identified, specific fears and
anxieties can be analysed in a rational way. For
example, it is unlikely that other know more about
your subject than you or they would have been asked
to make the presentation. If you are concerned and
anxious about forgetting your lines, practice until
your confidence grows.
The more prepared you are, the less
likely it is that you will forget what you want to say
or be unprepared for questions. The more you practice, the
greater you confidence will be. The more confident you are
internally, the less nervous you will feel and appear.
Creative visualization as used in the
hypnotherapy program will help you
mentally rehearse the process of delivering your
presentation or speech. When you get up to speak, you will
already have successfully done many times in your mind and
your subconscious mind reproduce the memory of that success.
Creative visualisation is a powerful tool used by
professional athletes and speakers to practice their public
Here are a few
Speak at a steady pace - don't rush.
When you speak naturally and normally, you give yourself
opportunity to breathe. Pacing yourself also gives you
the opportunity to gauge the response of your audience.
Don't be afraid of silence: a pause
gives both you time to gather your thoughts and your
audience time to assimilate information.
Practice your skills: public speaking
is a learnt art. There are very few "born" public
speakers, most started like you and learnt their skills.
Use your eyes as well as your voice:
look around the room and acknowledge people with your
eyes. This will also help you to keep your head up
rather than fixed on a page or a slide.
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What our clients tell us about Speak Out:
"I gave a presentation this week.
It went quite well!!!. I'm very happy that I wasn't feeling
anxious or sick about it. I was feeling little bit nervous,
but I was able to focus on the content of the presentation
rather than worrying about it." Thank you, I no longer feel
anxious about giving a presentation - Elise"
uncomfortable but I gave the presentation. a week ago I would
never have been able to do it, but today I went for it and I
didn't let the nerves stop me. when I got up there I was still
nervous and rushed a few parts, but it was nothing compared to my
last experience. my voice didn't quiver too much and I even got a
decent laugh out of the crowd.
actually gave a presentation. now that you've got me up and
talking I think the nerves, rushing my speech etc. will go away
with practice. Thank you very much Antoine,