For many Canadian, success is dependent on their ability to effectively and efficiently present their ideas to others, yet the stress of speaking in public has left many people visibly shaken, nauseated and tongue-tied.
Speaking effectively is rarely a natural talent, but it is one that can be learned. Fear of public speaking can lead to a self-fulfilling prophecy but a few small tips can relieve most of the stress many people feel.
Beverly’s Hot Tip For Celebrating Freedom Of Fear Of Speaking Day:
- Challenge your fears. What is the worst that could happen? Usually, we let our fears grow from mole-hills to mountains. Keep your perspective.
- You don’t have to be perfect. You just need to be able to deliver your message. Preparation and rehearsal will help to smooth out your delivery.
- Keep your message to a few key points. This is where a lot of pressure comes from. We want to share all of our information, but our audience doesn’t need to be overloaded. A few key points with relevant examples and stories go a lot further than oodles of facts and statistics.
- Avoid caffeine. Coffee adds stress to our body and that is the last thing we need before we deliver our message. Try a couple of neck rolls and deep breathing exercises before you go to deliver your presentation. This will help you to relax and focus on the most important goal, which is meeting the needs of your audience.
Good public speakers have a passion for their message, know their material and are aware of how to take care of themselves to ensure that their voice and their body helps to communicate their message as opposed to detracting from their message. By keeping their public speaking challenges in perspective and practicing good speaking habits everyone can decrease the stress associated with public speaking.
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