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5 ways to overcome speaker anxiety

5 ways to overcome speaker anxiety

5 ways to overcome speaker anxiety

Today almost everyone including the experienced speakers has some observable anxiety while speaking in front of a group of people. This is impeccably normal and the best way to deal with this anxiety is to initially acknowledge that this fear is perfectly normal and no one is alone. To reduce the persistent fear, one needs to ensure a proper and thorough preparation yourself before start speaking. Perfect preparation followed by rehearsals can help to reduce this fear to some extent. Proper breathing techniques can further result in reducing this fear by another level. The mental state also accounts for the remaining stages of fear.

  • Face your fear

The initial step to resolve any problem is to finely admit the possibility of its occurrence, let it out in the open in view of dealing with the same, and have the extreme faith that anyone will eventually get over it. Isolation can only enhance the fear so every time remember and being far from alone and in very good company. If you’re brave enough to be honest with yourself and face your fear, you will overcome it.

  • Know your material cold.

This quality will certainly help in boosting the confidence immensely in order to know a person`s material backwards and forwards. Don’t ever try to memorize instead be clear on the information you want to get across, the prominent key points and messages, that sort of thing. People who look calm and relaxed on stage, who think they are confident enough because they’re prepared. They know their stuff quite well.

  • Remember, it’s not all about you.

Overachievers generally have huge egos. In that instance most people think all eyes are always on them. What we usually never seem to realize is that, while everyone in the room may be looking at us continuously, probably half of them are mostly interested in the particular content and the rest are distracted by their own mini-dramas.

  • Interact with the audience.

If there is any kind of isolation in life one needs to interact with others to have a better relief from the building emotions by asking leading questions or by telling stories that can relate the real life to a person`s one.  This will definitely urge the feeling of being more comfortable and so will the surrounding audience. Ironically, that will also make a more dynamic as well as engaging speaker.

  • Ask yourself, what’s the worst thing that can happen?

It’s quite funny as of how that simple question can diffuse just about any serious life problem but it alternately applies here. If a person`s hands shake, they screw up, or they panic and bolt, so what? Initially, that’s not likely to happen. One definitely switches on to pick them up, dust of and thereafter live to fight another day. Failing is part of business and life.

 

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Ankit Kandoi
Armed with engineering degree, Co-founder of RoofnRoom.com and Fidato Research & Services.He is Talker. Listener. Foodie. Music lover. Traveler. Singer. A colour outside the colour box.

About Ankit Kandoi

Ankit Kandoi
Armed with engineering degree, Co-founder of RoofnRoom.com and Fidato Research & Services.He is Talker. Listener. Foodie. Music lover. Traveler. Singer. A colour outside the colour box.

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