Public speaking is a complex task that can be intimidating for many. For some, it’s like talking to a bunch of dummies. Others enjoy it can be a very good stress reliever, especially when the audience is encouraging.
There are a lot of fears about public speaking. They usually come from past experiences and sometimes they come from the fear of failure. Fortunately, there are ways to make public speaking a much less scary experience.
Fear of public speaking comes from the negative feedback we may get from the audience. How could they say something that’s not true, or you did something wrong? In truth, most people are nice. The event was well run, and they enjoyed the speaker. If you face the fear of rejection, the fear of failure, and the fear of making an uninformed statement, then the fear of failure and misunderstanding should not be part of your fear.
We’re not in a perfect world. If a particular event is low on enthusiasm, or the audience looks uninterested, there are better things to do with your time.
To avoid the fear of failure, make sure you know what a complete speech should sound like. Start with your introduction. Tell the audience your name, and then go over the first few sentences. When you are done with this part, you may be able to quickly summarize the rest of the speech.
Focus on the message you wish to send, and do not try to make it longer or more exciting. Keep it as short as possible without the help of visual aids. A great way to remember what you want to say is to take a picture of yourself before the speech, and put the two together.
Speak slowly and deliberately, letting your feelings show through, but also don’t be afraid to speak up. The majority of the audience will understand your content if you speak in a calm voice. This doesn’t mean they’ll all applaud, but just that they will understand your point.
There is a group of public speakers called “Aurelia-Willow Grass” (more on that later). These speakers have mastered the art of public speaking. They have perfected their speech in both content and delivery.
You can learn from them. They will break down their speech for you, breaking down each point into step by step instructions. While they might seem confusing at first, they are easy to follow and even entertaining. Of course, they’re still works of art, so don’t expect to sit through one of their speeches.
Speaking before an audience can be tough, but a speech written by an expert can be astounding. In fact, it is really the most compelling kind of public speaking. It requires you to be very patient, think about what you want to say, writes it down, and make sure you know what the message is you want to convey.
If you are a speaker who has had trouble before, don’t worry. This is a skill you can learn. There are many people who have never had an audience before. Join a community of other public speakers, join groups online or offline, and practice a bit before the big day.