Are you scared of public speaking? Do you have vital information to be shared yet you deliver the messages in bits and pieces? You speak fluently when you are alone however your brain freezes when it comes to speaking in public? Public Speaking can be both exhilarating yet daunting.
"DO NOT WORRY!! YOU ARE NOT ALONE."
A Recent Survey taken by the national institute of mental health says that GLOSSOPHOBIA, the fear of public speaking affects about 73% of the world’s population. While the fear of public speaking is a very common phobia expert proves that one can overcome it eventually by practicing the right ways of public speaking.
One of the great handbooks that helps the speaker to gain confidence is “The Art Of Public Speaking” by Dale Carnegie with J.Berg Esenwein. This book focuses on helping the speakers to acquire confidence before an audience & deliver a flawless presentation.
However, in this article, we are going to explain to you the step by step approach to overcome your fear of speaking. Here’s something to remember before you begin with your baby steps on Public Speaking.
“You will never know how much you can accomplish until you try. Never stop trying. Your miracle will come in undefined moments.”
― Lailah GiftyAkita
Simple yet effective step by step approach for beginners on public speaking
STEP 1: CHOOSING A TOPIC.
Choosing an interesting topic is your first task and equally a challenge. Always go for something you are passionate about or go with a much easier choice such as incidents that happened in your day to day life or in the past.
STEP 2: WRITING DOWN THE STORY.
Make sure to write down the subject/story on a piece of paper. Don’t worry about the grammar part at this stage. In fact, penning down your thoughts helps you to remember the story much easier. Try to write it in an interesting way you talk to your friends and family members.
STEP 3: TALK TO YOUR MIRROR.
Talking to a mirror is an age-old practice. It helps you to improve your body language and boosts your confidence. Though there are quite a few contrary beliefs on practicing in front of the mirror prevails on the internet, sometimes its good to trust on age-old practices especially when you are an absolute beginner.
STEP 4: LISTEN TO YOUR VOICE.
Voice is your identity. Most of us have shuddered on hearing to our voices. If you don’t like the way you sound, you can’t expect your audience to like it either. But you should believe that you can find your voice by recording using recorder apps. There’s a ton of voice recorder apps available online these days. One such good app to kick start your voice game is Dolby On.
STEP 5: DELIVER SPEECH TO AN AUDIENCE.
After practicing all the above steps, you should start to feel comfortable and know your way around public speaking. Now its time to concentrate on the most important step, talking to real people and not to mirrors anymore. Delivering a speech in front of people creates an adrenaline rush and makes you nervous. To get used to this situation, choose one or two of your friends to deliver your speech. Remember the more, the merrier.
STEP 6: ASK FOR FEEDBACKS.
Human beings need other people’s perspectives to grow. Feedbacks help you to identify your mistakes. Let your friends say which part you did well and what could’ve been done better. Identify your weak spots and work on them. Also, it is important to realize only through consistent practice you can gently and gradually excel at public speaking.
“With a little bit of practice every day, anybody can become a persuader.”
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