5 Great Tips to Gain Confidence in Public Speaking

Published: 26th March 2012
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I remember the first time I had to get in front of an audience to deliver a speech. I was in the eight grade and it was a very terrifying experience for me. But I survived. I learned to gain confidence in my ability to speak so speeches I gave afterwards wasn't so bad. Perhaps you can relate to this experience yourself.
Eventually in time and with years of training and practice, I became a public speaker.

For most people there’s nothing more terrifying as the thought of having to get in front of a crowd to deliver a speech. But as people are thinking more of going into business for themselves, they are finding that may not be able to avoid it-especially if they’re going to have to speak to an audience about their business, products, or their services.

Being a little nervous is natural. It’s a sign that you want to do well, but being overly nervous or scared might be a problem. With a little practice you can learn to overcome your anxieties or fears and make informative and memorable speeches. Here are a few tips on how to gain confidence in public speaking.

1.Dress for Success: What you wear on the day of your presentation is very important. Choose professional clothing for the day of your speech. Your outfit should not be too casual or too flashy. You would want to wear a favorite outfit that makes you feel confident and comfortable. You always want your attire to complement your speech.

2.Use Eye Contact: Good eye contact with you audience is very powerful in public speaking. Try at first to include everyone in the audience equally when you look out over the crowd. Then select a couple of faces you wouldn’t mind speaking directly to throughout most of your delivery. Once you pick out the two of the most pleasant faces to look at, you’re going to speak with them during most of your discussion, with a quick glance of everyone else from time-to time. Using this method will also help you to overcome stage-fright, because it’s much easier to establish a relationship with just two individuals than with an entire crowd. Remember, good eye contact increases your credibility as a speaker.

3.Speak Clearly: A good speaking voice is important for delivering an effective talk. You naturally want your voice to be pleasant, natural, and dynamic. Remember to speak directly into the micro-phone. If you don’t have a microphone, then pay close attention to the volume of your voice in order for everyone in the room to hear you. Don’t talk to fast! Use pauses when appropriate for effect, laughter, or applause.

4.Turn Your Fears into Positive Energy: No doubt the biggest challenges of public speaking is the fear you may have that something awful or publicly humiliating is going to happen to you. Just try concentrating on channeling your nervous energy into an enthusiastic delivery simply because you have something valuable to say. So just be conversational. A good conversational style will aid you to be relaxed as a public speaker.

5. Practice, Practice, Practice: Experience builds confidence, which is the key to an effective delivery. Every speaking opportunity will help you become more relaxed and confident. You can start small and work your way up to bigger audiences and events. In time you will begin to develop trust in your own ability to be a true public speaker.

Many books have been written for over a century now on the art of public speaking. But in just 40 pages, you can not only discover how to speak to an audience with confidence, but also how to present an effective presentation with visual aids, in the eBook entitled “Public Speaking and Public Presentations.”

This unique book will teach you such skills as to how to train the memory, and how to take control of your audience. Are you a student? Then discover ways to easily speak confidently in front of your classmates! If you need to present a presentation using visuals, this book will guide you to an effective use of visual aid tools such as Power Point, videotape, or a 35 millimeter slides and more.

With this tool, “Public Speaking and Public Presentation,” you‘ll be provided with the basic skills to excel in one, or perhaps both, without having to read hundreds of pages of material. So whether you have an agenda to speak on, or if it’s a matter of choosing a topic and doing research, you can no doubt be successful in becoming a confident public speaker!

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