If the thought of speaking in front of a crowd — even a small one — makes you want to run away and hide, you’re not alone. This fear is extremely common, but the good news is, you can get past it.
Public speaking might be part of your current job, and if it isn’t, there’s a good chance it will be a requirement as you move up the ladder. Find out how to stop dreading speaking in front of a group, and maybe learn to actually enjoy it.
3 Ways to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking
Master the Material
No one wants to speak in front of a group when they don’t know what they’re talking about. Boost your confidence by learning as much as possible about the subject matter you’ll be discussing. Knowing you have a solid grasp on the material will put you at ease and help you feel like your speech will really add value to the audience. This will also help you worry less about questions you might receive from the attendees, because you’ll know you can handle anything that comes your way.
Don’t Focus on Perfection
There’s no such thing as the perfect speech. Sure, many skilled speakers might seem like they pulled off a flawless address, but if you spoke with them afterwards, you’d probably find there were hiccups along the way. However, instead of dwelling on these missteps, they glided past them, so the audience was none the wiser.
Take this approach by realizing in advance that your speech probably won’t be perfect, and realizing that’s okay. If you make a mistake during your address, forgive yourself and move on.
Enhance your public speaking skills in a supportive environment by joining Toastmasters International. This non-profit organization will help you learn public speaking and leadership skills, allowing you to feel more comfortable in front of a crowd. There’s more than 16,600 Toastmasters clubs in 143 countries, so there’s a good chance there’s a chapter in your local community. Membership costs just $45 every six months, along with a $20 new member fee.
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