What is Public Speaking?
Public Speaking is the process of communicating information to an audience.
It’s an excellent way to help improve your knowledge, because there’s a lot of preparation that goes into a speech that involves working out how to communicate to others effectively and makes you understand your content better.
According to http://www.publicspeakingpower.com there are some golden rules for public speaking you should follow if you want to deliver a speech when time is tight.
There are seven golden rules for public speaking including:
- Plan and Practice your talk before write it out in PowerPoint
- Open your talk with a hook
- Push to the audience to overcome stage fright
- Use Natural Visual Communication
- Make the Audience Comfortable
- If You Make The Mistake of Forgetting Something, Just Move On.
- The Audience is The Center Of The Presentation, Not Your Slides.
What are the Benefits of Public Speaking?
The thing that’s very interesting about public speaking is that there are so many benefits to learning a skill that helps you in so many aspects of your life.
Benefits To Public Speaking Include:
Career Advancement: When you develop effective public speaking skills it can lead to career advancement.
Boosts Your Confidence: When you involve yourself in the process of public speaking you boost your confidence. The more you speak in public the more you boost your confidence.
Builds Critical Thinking Skills: Critical thinking occurs whenever people figure out what to believe or what to do, and it is done in a reasonable and reflective way. Critical thinking is essential for being able to communicate effectively in public, because the speech you’re writing requires a great deal of careful thought.
Improved Communication Skills: Public speaking requires you to think about the framework of the speech you’re writing and the persuasive strategy for how to effectively get your message across.
Make New Social Connections: After you give a presentation you’ll find that there are people who engage in conversation with you and new social connections are made.
Build Leadership Skills: When you stand up and speak in front of a crowd and master the skill of persuasion you become effective at changing hearts and minds about something.
What is The Fear of Public Speaking?
The fear of public speaking is known as Glossophobia.
The fear of public speaking is among the most common forms of anxiety. It’s estimated that at least 75% of Americans have some fear of public speaking; whether it stems from feeling self-conscious about your voice or social anxiety. It’s also an interesting fact that world wide public speaking is listed as one of the biggest fears that people face; it’s bigger than the fear of snakes and even than the fear of death.
What are the symptoms of the fear of public speaking?
- Increased Blood Pressure
- Increased Perspiration
- Dry Mouth
- A Stiffening of The Upper Back Muscles
- Nausea and Feeling of Panic When Faced With Having To Speak In Public
- Intense Anxiety At The Thought Of Speaking In Front Of A Group
What causes the fear of public speaking?
Fear of Appearing Anxious: I mentioned before in my blog post about social anxiety that many people fear being in social situations due to the fear of looking anxious. The fear of appearing anxious in front of an audience contributes to a fear of public speaking.
Concerns That Others Are Judging You: The fear of others judging you is another reason why some people fear public speaking. The audience you’re speaking to doesn’t care about you personally, but they do care about getting something from your presentation or speech, because they’re taking the time to listen to you speak.
Past Failures: Just like other forms of anxiety the fear of public speaking is often learned behavior. In the past you may have failed at public speaking; whether it was due to not being prepared or being preoccupied with being judged by your audience. These were factors that led to planting the seeds of self-doubt that caused your fear.
Poor Preparation: Your audience will not be happy if you waste their time by not being prepared and you’ll feel anxious and fearful when you speak in front of them. When you’re poorly prepared and you feel embarrassed; it’s important to not let the seeds of self-doubt be planted. Public speaking is a lot like learning how to ride a bike when you’re a kid; if you fail to keep your balance while on the bike just keep getting back on it until you’re able to keep your balance.
Narcissism and Body Image Issues: When you care too much about how other people perceive you or if you indulge in extreme self-consciousness about how you look you’re being narcissistic even if you’re preoccupied with the negative things about yourself. Being that obsessed with yourself will make it harder to influence others.
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How Do You Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking?
Tips for overcoming the fear of public speaking include:
Refocus Your Brain Right Before You Speak: Being mindful of your triggers ahead of time will help you overcome your fear of public speaking. I mentioned in a previous post that anxiety can be turned into a superpower by reframing negative thoughts into positive ones. For example if your negative thoughts revolve around your past failures like not being prepared just remind yourself that you’ll learn from this failure and be prepared next time you speak to an audience. Another way to refocus your brain is through meditation; when you pay attention to the physical sensations of your own body this leads to the strengthening of the connections between areas of your brain related to focus and the ones related to stress.
Learn How To Improve Eye Contact: A simple way to enhance your impact as a public speaker and persuade others to see your point of view is eye contact. Eye contact can improve your concentration, establish a connection and facilitates engagement with your audience. Also, eye contact projects authority and confidence toward your audience.
Identify What Your Audience Needs: It’s important to learn about your audience’s needs when you’re preparing to speak about a specific topic. Does your audience need a solution to a specific problem? Are they open to self-improvement? Knowing what your audience needs before you give your speech makes it easier to form a connection with them along with being influential and persuasive. Also, this not only works with public speaking it also with blogging.
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