How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking?

The key to controlling your fear of public speaking and panic attacks is that instead of pushing the emotional energy and excitement down into your stomach‚ you are moving out through it.

Your body is in a slightly excited state‚ exactly as it should be while giving a speech‚ so release that energy in your self–expression. Push it out through your presentation not down into your stomach. You push it out by expressing yourself more forcefully.

In this way, you turn the anxiety to your advantage by using it to deliver a speech where you come across more alive‚ energetic, and in the present moment.

It seems like a lot of things to be thinking about while talking to a group of people‚ but it is not really. You’d be amazed at how many different non–related thoughts you can have while speaking.

This approach is about adopting a new attitude of confidence to what you might have deemed a serious threat up until now. This technique will truly help you overcome with fear of public speaking and speech anxiety you have associated with them.

Certain Coping Strategies:

If your predominant fear of the speaking engagement is driven by a feeling of being trapped‚ then I would suggest factoring in some mental releases that can be prepared before the event.

For example‚ some meetings/speeches allow for you to turn the attention back to the room to get feedback, etc. from the group.

If possible‚ you might want to prepare such opportunities in your own mind before the engagements.

This is not to say you have to ever use them‚ but people in this situation often remark that just having small opportunities where attention can be diverted for the briefest of moments can make the task seem less daunting.

It may even be something as simple as having people introduce them or opening the floor to questions.

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Public Speaking Anxiety

Techniques to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking Anxiety:

One of the most common times people experience anxiety at work (after getting the call to see the boss) is in the meetings where they are expected to speak in front of many others.

Let me give you some quick tips on how best to approach the meeting:

• Usually this type of meeting involving a group of people sitting around taking turns to speak.

• Most people eager to talk to turn public fear and hope some kind of divine intervention will save you from having to talk at all.

• To avoid this, try the opposite approach imagines him and the group that is actually dying to talk. Before entering the room, says to him:

  • I’ll talk at any reasonable opportunity that is presented.
  • I know positively eager to talk.
  • Before the meeting starts, talk to everyone around you.
  • Do not sit in silence.

• If you make a short presentation and you do not like the idea of having to do it once, enough to ask those questions this during his talk. This puts the focus on the group and can help you feel less pressured.

• If everyone has to speak, it really can have the pressure of being first, but it cannot be first and then start asking questions of other speakers when finished, if appropriate.

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• Come across as genuinely interested and committed. Give the impression to the room you wish to speak and be heard.

• Talk works because the anxiety only gets worse if you sit in silence waiting to be called. Do not wait to call you, talk.

• If you take the above advice on board and it does come to his turn to speak, you will not feel the same pressure because everyone in the room and is used to voice and not feel the pressure of hearing your voice for the first time in the room.

• Everyone is used to you and you’re used to talking to them. Great speakers love the opportunity to speak and present.

• Believe it or not, but you can train yourself to be and starts pretending to yourself that you really want the opportunity to be in the limelight.

Hunger for it. There are plenty of places to practice. Dive in, speak up.

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