Some people are physically ill just saying their name in front of a group… while others will wrestle you to the ground to rip a microphone from your hand.
Practice, practice, practice : Having a solid outline for the speech is absolutely necessary, but the next critical step is rehearsal. It helps in anticipating and avoiding troubles before they happen. We can also join Toastmasters, volunteer to speak at local events and practice at work. The more we speak, the better we will be.
It has been said that it started with ATMs and Walkmans. We are no longer obligated to stand in line at our financial institutions to do our banking. We can do it with a machine. The opportunity to talk to your neighbour while standing in line is lost as well as small talk with the teller. Grocery stores and many other ones now have self-checkouts. No need to interact with a check-out clerk anymore. Walkmans allowed us to walk and listen to our music, for our ears only, a great way to escape unwanted conversations. The Walkman developed into MP3 players and smart phones that while getting smaller in size have offered us more ways to escape the real world.
Volunteer: Offering just one hour per month as a committee member of a local networking group has helped me make connections I wouldn’ t have otherwise. It can be very satisfying to share your expertise with people or organizations that strive to make a difference in your own field of business.
That is why we must accept the fact that speaking in front of an audience is inevitable and when life throws us lemons, we should just make lemonades. Face our fears head on. We all have that fear in public speaking. Some people may even fear speaking in public more than dying. So before you let that fear get to you, catch it head on. Learn better presentation training. Be the best speaker you can possibly be.
Public speaking is a skill that is acquired. There will always be people who have the knack to talk but giving a speech in front of many people takes some time to get used to. We were all given that chance to speak in front of the crowd in school. At one time or another, we were asked to give an opinion or a case during debate. No student is spared from public speaking duties.
The best speech writers in the world won’t help someone who can’t express themselves. That’s why the ability to deliver a speech is so important in politics. The person who can affirm themselves well in front of an audience can inspire confidence in their colleagues and the electorate. Read your cover letter out loud to yourself. Even better, do it into a mirror. Does it sound cheesy and generic? You may want to consider a rewrite. Rewrite and recite until you can convey a statement about yourself that you will feel happy about sending to complete strangers.
Remove all the hesitations, all your insecurities and just do what you have to do. You have to do them anyways so do them with style and make yourself proud. There are actually many articles on how to become great public speakers. These tips are really helpful as it mostly came from a group of professional speakers who want to help you conquer that fear.