One of the most common phobias is fear of public speaking. It’ normal to feel anxiety when all eyes are on a public speaker. There’s a huge risk that the listeners won’t understand you or will laugh at you. Sometimes you can be so scared, that you don’t even understand what you’re talking about, because all your attention is concentrated on the way you look or the listeners react to your words. When you’re speaking before a huge audience, your heart can beat faster, you can be sweating much more than usual, your hands can be shivering, your face can turn red and your voice can be hoarse.
What Are the Reasons?
Your fear of public speaking can be caused by the following reasons:
- Your childhood. Your parents might have been criticizing you all the time, so your self-esteem can be very low right now. Such people greatly worry what every single person thinks about them, so a huge audience is a great problem for them. What’s more, when parents always tell their children to stay calm and make them feel ashamed, they grow up and can’t say anything before an audience.
- Negative personal experience. When you have already experienced some trouble, that happened to you, while you were speaking before an audience, you can remember that and expect this experience to repeat every time. Even some experience in your early childhood can become the reason for your fear of public speaking.
- Psychological disorder. People with social anxiety can be scared of speaking before an audience. They greatly worry what other people think about them, and every little problem can become a huge tragedy for them. They will remember it for years and years. That’s why such people try to avoid public speaking, because they’re sure that they’ll fail.
How to Overcome that Fear?
There’re some ways to overcome fear of public speaking.
- You should be well-prepared and know everything you will speak about.
- There should be absolutely no unpredictable factors.
- Your lecture must be perfect.
- You should give yourself a right to make mistakes.
- You should expect positive outcome.
It’s necessary to prepare for the public speaking beforehand. You must understand and know your lecture perfectly. You can write some most important ideas, so that you can read them while speaking before an audience. You should also try to predict what questions your listeners will ask you after you finish your lecture. Record your lecture before, so that you can hear your own voice and find some fails before your audience hears them.
Note!Think about your intended audience. How old are your listeners? What are they interested in? The more you know your future listeners, the more confident you are, because you know what you can predict from them. Try to guess what your listeners expect from your lecture. Why will they come to listen to it? What do they want to hear? When you answer all those questions, you will become more confident, because you’ll know what to expect.
You can also tell your lecture in front of the mirror and rehearse your body language. Think how you will look. It’s important to look elegant, because listeners will surely look at you and discuss your appearance. There’s no need to imagine that your listeners will laugh at you. They can be quite nice people, who will forget your mistakes. You will see that all your fears were in vain, because you perceive all your mistakes much more serious than your audience.
Don’t forget, that you’re a human being, and to err is human. All of us have a right to make mistakes, so don’t overestimate them. It’s impossible to make every listener like your lecture. All of them will think differently about you, and they all have a right to think about you whatever you want. Before you start your lecture, try to expect the positive outcome. You should understand that your story can be useful for your audience, can change their lives for the better. You can make a list of advantages and useful things that you will speak about.
The rehearsal is the best way to overcome your fear of public speaking. The more you rehearse, the more confident you get. Positive experience of previous public speaking can improve your self-esteem and give you great confidence. You will consider public speaking as something fun and pleasant.