Public speaking is the number one fear in the U.S. and not without a reason. Speaking in front of other people can make us feel quite uncomfortable especially when you start to notice that your listeners aren’t really listening after all.
How can you still deliver a presentation with confidence? I hope to answer this question in this article.
In order feel more comfortable you need to familiarize yourself with your speech. Think about what you are going to say and how you are going to say. Then practice in front of a mirror. Afterwards deliver your speech in front of friends and ask for feedback.
These things will be enormously helpful once you get to the point of having to deliver your presentation. You will automatically feel much more comfortable.
Fake it till you make it is a popular saying because of one reason. It works. I used to be rather shy when talking to other people, that was the case in high school. I then spend a whole year in the U.S. studying and became a lot more open. A while after returning from the U.S. I started reading books about “picking up women”. In these books everyone said that body language is the most important thing in a conversation. And as a man you should present yourself as a confident person.
And that’s what I did. Whenever I went to a club I was automatically reminded that I should walk and appear confident. I did and after a while it just became natural. The same applies to public speaking. Just fake it. Just pretend to be confident. Of course some people might still notice that you are not confident at all but it is better than to just show that you are uncomfortable from the beginning. Also after a while you will feel a lot more confident.
Go Through it in Your Head
Practicing public speaking is important. In a study of basketball players, the players where divided into 3 groups. The first group had to practice half an hour each day. The second group was supposed to do nothing and the third group’s goal was to think about making a successful throw every day before they went to bed. The study showed that the first and the third group made significant and almost the same progress.
This shows the power of going things through your head. Every night before you go to sleep just think about delivering a great presentation. Try to imagine it vividly.
Public speaking is important and there is nothing more important than learning from someone who has the experience and skills necessary to deliver a dazzling presentation.