Many people do not like speaking in public, even though it can be an effective way to grow your business, to teach, and even to make money as a public speaker. It might surprise you to know that some people who have to speak in public, from politicians to businesspeople, find it terrifying. Those who are just getting into this arena, especially those who are introverts might already find their palms starting to become slick with sweat just from the thought of standing in front of a room or a hall and speaking. Yes, it can be frightening. However, you can find some good ways that you are going to be able to deal with the pressures.
If you want to, or have to, speak in public, you will find that one of the most important things is going to be preparation. When you have all of the preparation that you need, you will be more confident. Have notes, but to not read directly from them. They should be a way to keep you on track. They might also include some data that you would not be able to remember. Another thing that you are going to want to do in order to prepare is practice your talk in front of others. If you do not have others to practice for, a mirror is going to work in a pinch.
Visit the room where you are going to be giving the talk if you have the chance to do so beforehand. Stand in front of the podium and learn the room, so that it doesn’t seem like an alien structure when you have to give your talk! Make the room your territory, your house, to give you more confidence.
Watching other speakers on video can be a good way to learn more about the nuances of public speaking and to see how an actual audience reacts to talks in real time. Of course, taking speaking classes is another surefire way to get better and to gain more confidence as a speaker. The classes are a great method for you to improve your skills and to practice with real people.
Know your strengths and weaknesses, and remember to smile at the audience! Even though you might never truly enjoy getting up and speaking in front of a crowd, you can get better at speaking in front of others. Do you have any tips for getting better at speaking in public?