Getting over Public Speaking fears
There is nothing to fear but fear itself!
Few people enjoy speaking in public. Most people will experience the following signs of stress
your pulse quickens
your face goes pale
your breathing becomes shallow
Now your body is acting like that because it has gone into 'fight or flight' mode. In olden days, when you met a tiger, you would have to fight it or run away and your body is ready to do that. But you're not going to choose either of these options. You're going to put on a good presentation.
So how do you overcome these fears? You need to take a 4 step approach.
1. Make the adrenalin work for you.
2. Recognize that making a public speech is a compliment, not an insult.
3. Prepare yourself well.
4. Learn techniques to calm yourself down.
Make the Adrenalin work for you
We're going to look at techniques to make you less nervous, to calm your adrenalin, but let's remember that some adrenalin is a good thing. Overconfident speakers can often become complacent and fail to connect with their audiences.
Well controlled, your adrenalin will help you to come across as
Many of the very best public speakers are extremely nervous before they start speaking. As that great broadcaster Edward R. Murrow put it, 'Stagefright is the sweat of perfection.'
About the author:
Pearson Brown gives public speaking tips at http://www.effective-public-speaking.com