Friday, February 23, 2007

Nervousness and Public Speaking - Are you feeling anxious about an upcoming speech?

Are you feeling anxious about a speech you have to make? Do you want to learn how to get rid of public speaking fears that are haunting you?

Here are a few simple tips to help you handle your anxiety and prepare well for your speech or presentation:

Tip #1:
Rehearse in front of a mirror - rehearse your body language, facial expressions, gestures, voice tone, speech delivery etc. before your presentation. By watching yourself in mirror you can know what you are doing wrong and can change that. Keep rehearsing in this fashion till you are satisfied with your performance. You may feel that you do not feel that much afraid now to walk up to the stage.

Tip #2:
Speak to one person at a time. While giving the speech, focus on one individual at a time. Look at different people during your speech, but at any given time just focus on one particular person giving him/her all your attention and imagine you are having a one-to-one conversation with just that person. You may find that you do not feel the nervousness that you would have otherwise felt if you delivered the speech with the mindset of speaking to the whole audience instead of just one person at a time.

Tip #3:
Remeber to take a deep breaths every now and then. Deep breathing helps you relax, so practise deep breathing just before starting your speech and also ocasionally during it. Relax your tense muscles and keep your face relaxed because the face leads the way for the whole body. If your face is relaxed your whole body tends to follow suit. On the other hand if your face is tense and has a frown, you will feel more tension in your whole body.

If you want to master public speaking and get rid of your nerves, it takes practice and knowledge. I recommend a few useful resources to you below:

Speak With Confidence - Learn how to overcome speech anxiety and master public speaking. Develop rapport with your audience and learn to answer hostile questions.

2. FAQ's on Public Speaking - This ebook covers wide range of topics like how to make interesting speech, how to turn nerves into positive energy, how to be yourself and still entertain the audience etc.

3. Master Public Speaking - Effective Fearless Speaking

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Tips for good speech, 2. Improve communication skills, 3. Handle Stress, 4. Negative Self-image

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