Today we will be learning about the power of public speaking. In life, there will be times when you have to speak in front of an audience. It could be for a school event or presentation, job interview or a community event. While some people relish speaking in public, there are those who fear it intensely. A few may even panic and shut themselves down to avoid making a speech.
If you get nervous when you are asked to speak before a group, you are not alone. Psychologists believe a phobia of public speaking is linked to a fear of being criticized or cast out from a group.
Fortunately, there are ways to reduce your phobia so you can deliver speeches with confidence. But it takes more than just preparation, practice and trying to shake away your fear. But, why is public speaking important?
The Importance of Public Speaking
In today’s society, being able to speak to an audience is an important skill. Being able to talk confidently lets people know that you know what you are doing and, literally, know what you are talking about. It is a way to demonstrate to people how well you understood the topic.
If you are a new graduate or looking for a job it is almost inevitable that you will find yourself speaking in public at some point in the future. For starters, it can impress your future employers and improve your chances of landing the job you want.
If you are able to communicate clearly they will become confident that you are the right person for the job. Employers often look at an applicant’s extra skills, like speaking, when deciding upon candidates for promotion.
Once you secure your dream job, there will be a point in your career that you have to speak before your co-workers and clients. It could be for a talk about your project or a speech on behalf of your company.
You may also be asked to speak to new recruits about your job and make a proposal to possible clients. When you perform well in these instances, you are a step closer to a promotion. It will also help open other opportunities for you to grow as a person.
Becoming a Confident Speaker
It is normal to feel nervous when you are about to speak before an audience. There are a lot of things that can go wrong with your speech and you may forget one or two things as you talk. You may also make mistakes during the speech.
There are many ways to tackle your anxiety when you find yourself before an audience. Preparing in advance and practicing will do wonders for you and help you conquer your nerves.
Here are some tips you can do to become a confident speaker.
– Find opportunities that will allow you to speak regularly in public. It could be a presentation, mock debate or speaking before a small group of people. Once you take these opportunities, you will be able to familiarize yourself with speaking to a crowd and posture, breathing and focus.
– If there are no opportunities available, practice speaking in front of a mirror. Practicing in front of a mirror can help you spot patterns when you become nervous and help you correct your expression.
Once you familiarize yourself with your speaking style, you can ask your family or friends to watch you talk. They can help you correct your posture and give you tips on how to become more confident. As you improve, you can add more people to your audience until you feel confident.
– If you have a severe phobia where you find yourself genuinely panicking, it may be a sign that there are unconscious processes that need to be addressed.
It may be necessary to find a therapist who specializes in public speaking hypnotherapy, to treat the root-cause of the phobia at an unconscious level.
– Before you speak in front of an audience, take a deep breath and relax. Sometimes, people become nervous because they are thinking too much. Clear your mind and stay calm.
– When you are before an audience, focus on them. As you talk, make eye contact to learn more about them. As your audience react positively to your speech, your nerves will calm down easily.
Benefits of Public Speaking
Mastering the art of public speaking will open the doors to many opportunities. It can help build your self-confidence, secure your dream job and open opportunities for you to grow. Do you have a desire to public speak? If so what would you speak on and why do you want to? Post your comments below!