Got a big day tomorrow and feeling overwhelmed? Are u afraid to face that presentation in front of people or class? Are you overthinking about it all day?
Then you’ve got Glossophobia.
This article will definitely empower you to face your fear in public speaking under 10 days instantly. The top 4 methods mentioned have proven to help individuals regardless of any experience to confidently speak up while battling the anxiety of public speaking.
We covered the most repeated fear questions you get in your head with direct answers to overcome them. All you need to know are covered in the 4 not-so secret methods.
How common is public speaking anxiety?
It is a common phobia that affects up to 75% of the population. This percentage rate is quite high and it’s equal to 300 miliion people. A study showed that 30% of Americans are afraid of public speaking.
There is a chance that you can meet anyone facing the same phobia under 300 meters radius from where you are. Which means you’re not alone in this.
But why are so many people afraid of public speaking?
That intense fear you’re facing evolve way back from your ancestors. In the past, humans had the fear of being threatened by predators by hiding away in order not to face death.
This behavior shows the fear of being notified and presented to someone unfamiliar or unknown.
Hence it has pass-through human genes to adapt to such natural behavior. Other factors that contribute to the fear of public speaking include:
People who are already facing anxiety will eventually have fear about public speaking.
Having self –doubt thoughts such as the fear of being rejected, not meeting up to their expectations, or even fear of being judged.
During interview or evaluation questioners, anxiety may build up.
Having no experience in the topic you are about to speak can initiate anxiety.
Speaking up to senior heads, teachers, or any higher-level status can create a sense of self-doubt and thus anxiety.
What’s worst is that you miss out a lot in life such as not taking the risk to speak for yourself or the ideas you have, are not able to share problems or socialize.
It can have an impact both on your personal and professional life. Luckily, you are in the right place to get over it.
How to get over the fear of public speaking?
First of all, you need to realize that many confident speakers were just like you at the start. Almost 60% of high-level public speakers take practice and courses into sharpening their skills of confident speaking.
For that reason, applying such techniques can help anyone get over it. Sure it can take time, but once you master it and stick to the rules you might one day get over it without even realizing it.
The first thing you should know is that fear is an emotion created by you. It can be controlled and once you master to control it, that’s where you’re feeling of confidence naturally rises. Ask yourself the question, of what is it that scares you up on stage? Is it because of feeling rejected, judged, or the embracing feeling of forgetting what to say?
Once you identified the problem, the next step is confronting that fear in your mind. For example, if it’s because of the fear of messing up the words, then keep practicing your lines over and over. If it’s something that you have no knowledge of, then study the topic thoroughly this will gradually buildup confidence in you.
Do not give a damn
Being fearful of being judged is not your headache. What the audience think or react should not matter to you, whatever they are thinking whether they assume how incapable you are in speech, does not have to do anything about you as a person.
Speaking up to people should be your pride, the ability to try to speak up is enough to show how determined you are into giving your shot in public speaking. Remember that some people even take years to have the courage to speak and even if you messed it up, count of it as an achievement in your life.
Public speaking might not be for you, but trying the best you can to prove yourself is enough to eliminate all thoughts of fear and negativity. Once you get over the generated emotion of fear in people judging you, the next step is implementing the top 4 methods.
What are the 4 methods of public speaking?
Depending on what type of presentation you got in your sleeves, applying any of the techniques can definitely help you lower your fears during or before public speaking.
1- Topic Guru
Once you got a topic, research, and educate yourself as much as you can about what you need to discuss, add interesting clips or pictures to interest the audience.
Remember that once the audience is hooked into your speech, whatever you say next wouldn’t bother much, as long as you keep them entertained.
At the same time, you can feel a positive vibe and can be able to connect more to the audience. This will create ease and comfort while you continue the rest of the talk.
Another way is to create an outline in a piece of paper or write down the scripted words. In case you mess up, you can always look down to see where you left.
Many new public speakers even some presidents look down at their outline during the speech. This is a normal act in any public speaking event. Hence creating your own backup forms confidence within yourself.
If you still have doubts about not being able to answer any feedback questions, you can brainstorm and note down questions that may arise from your topic.
Write down at least 10 possible questions and answer them all. This will keep you extra prepared and comfort your fear about unanswerable enquires. Once you get the exact question you made up while being on stage, congrats! You can confidently answer the next question too.
Practice & Practice & Practice.
You need a lot of practice, did you know that actors on screen need to repeat the same scenes almost 20 times just to get the perfect shot?
Well, the same case will work for you. Practice not only builds confidence but will automatically wire your brain to remember it into auto-pilot mode.
If the fear of you forgetting the words comes in mind, remember that you have already practiced it a hundred times and kick that negative fear cloud out of the way- Ain’t nobody got that for that. Have confidence that your practice is the key to making things smooth.
A great way is to get a friend in front to practice with you, this will help you create an atmosphere of being heard and they might even suggest or guide you on how to do it. Mantra the famous proverb “Practice makes a man perfect”.
Another tip includes asking your friend to be there on your big speech, this will help you get comfortable knowing there is someone you have practiced and are familiar with.
If you fear staring at the eyes of an unknown in the crowd, then just stare at your friend. While your friend attentively listens to you this will center all your thoughts into the speech you had already practiced together.
3-Challenge those fears
While you’re done practicing all day, various thoughts of fears will eventually creep in your mind time after time (especially at night). The key is to reason those questionable fears with provoking self-assured answers that create a sense of “I am the boss of myself, I do want I want”, for example:
Q1-What if I forget the words?
A: That’s impossible, I practiced a zillion times and the words are stuck on the back of my head”
Q2- What if I started stuttering?
A: I will not, I am confident of what I am talking about. I have done full research about it and learned more than what I should know. I can almost say I am an expert in it.
Q3-What if they question something I don’t know?
A: I can confidently reply back saying “It does not fall into my knowledge however that’s an interesting question”. If it’s something I do not know, then beat it.
Q4- What if I messed up the explanation step?
A: Even if I did, it does not matter because everyone makes mistakes. I, for a fact, is not perfect and mistakes are things I shouldn’t fear instead just accept and acknowledge it.
Q5- Everyone will think about how my speech sucks.
A: Great, at least everyone will know me and I can become famous.
SEE. The point is letting your mind know who the boss is. No matter what the worst-case scenario is, the trick is to always be chill with it.
4- Owned the stage
Have you ever watched talk shows such as Oprah, Ellen show, or even Jimmy Fallon show? Notice how they owned the stage, they make mistakes but laugh about it at the end.
Their viewers, camera crew, and host are all in a good mood. They create a natural and fun environment by being themselves. Do you know how they do it?
By creating a friendly and active atmosphere, the audience is more likely to return back the energy. Creating a good mood comes from being comfortable with yourself. Sure, you might have an annoying person or a foe seating in the audience.
What matters is you’re the one on stage, and you have the right to owned it. Forming a positive or negative vibe can be generated from you and only you. So next time you’re on stage, show them whose boss.
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