Public speaking is not an inborn talent, but rather a skill, which can be cultivated by almost anyone.
However, the fear of public speaking is something that is relatively common across society. Your heart is racing, your palms are sweaty, your mouth is dry, and your mind is blank – the fear of speaking to a large crowd is beginning to take over!
It might seem like an activity that kills every bit of confidence you manage to muster up but in actuality, public speaking can help boosts your confidence level. With practice, it will make you more comfortable with speaking to bigger crowds, working in a team, and even giving effective presentations. Public speaking can also expand your social circle and improve relationships.
Remember, a confident speaker attracts crowds and opportunities.
Here are a few easy and effective ways you can boost your confidence, shake off fears, and help you with public speaking!
Just go ahead and do it!
Sometimes the best way to get the ball rolling is to jump straight into it.
The longer you wait, the bigger the fear becomes. Jump right in and ignore the fear festering up within you. Why not enrol yourself in a public speaking class for some top tips and to ease the fear? For some real life practice, you can also try joining a Toastmasters club.
Have a positive mindset
The mind is a very powerful thing. The way an individual perceives something can affect their actions. Shake off the “I can’t” in your mind and start believing that you can! Once you set a positive mindset, you’re pretty much ready to take on the world! Remember, you are your biggest cheerleader, so stop putting yourself down and start building yourself up. It’s time to let go of the negative and focus on positive thinking.
Always prepare yourself. This is a great exercise that will motivate you to get things going. Try listing the main topics you would want to discuss with a crowd. Having your thoughts written out in front of you will ease your worries and fears. When creating your list, think of things that would really draw the crowd in. If you’re stumped for ideas, just think of what kind of topics you would be interested in yourself. Now that you’ve prepped yourself on the topics, it’s time to practise the way you will discuss the matter. It’s always best practice to be prepared! This way you can tackle whatever life throws at you head-on!
Learn to accept criticism
Everyone loves compliments, but often a great steel wall is put up once compliments turn into criticism. This is understandable as criticism may seem like a personal attack. However, criticism can be constructive when taken with an open mind. The (negative) feedback you receive can be a great tool for improvement. This is an opportunity for you to grow and become an ever better speaker. Always listen to the feedback, whether positive or negative, and learn from your mistakes.
Good things come to those who wait. Unfortunately, your confidence likely won’t boost up overnight. So be patient! It may take a few weeks, or even a few days. Know that everyone is trying to improve one thing about themselves too, so it isn’t a competition. It’s a slow process, but if you stick with it you will accomplish more than you set out to! Never lose hope and stick through the process because at some point you will find that you have conquered your fear of public speaking!
Last, but not least, celebrate your success! Reward yourself for the achievements you’ve made through this journey no matter how big or small it may be. Give yourself a pat on the back and take a breather. Having the courage to get over your fears and to make a change is something to be proud of. Keeping this in mind will make you feel good about your progress and keep you motivated to move on to the next step.
There you have it, 6 simple steps that can have a big impact on your self-confidence. So be bold, put yourself out there and try your hand at public speaking now! Want some professional guidance? Sign up for a free trial with Guruu here .