How to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking
May 23, 2018
How can you overcome your fear of public speaking?
- Relax, stay calm
- Mind over matter
- A shift in perspective
It is common to have a fear of public speaking. In fact, almost one in four people have admitted that they feel anxiety when they are presenting information and ideas or holding inspired talks in front of an audience. Being a good public or leadership speaker in the Philippines is an important skill that can help you establish strong relationships, advance in your career, and even grow your business.
According to some research that has been done regarding the phenomenon, it seems that the way we think, act, and feel, can significantly increase or decrease the amount of fear one experiences when having to speak in public.
Even though fear can help protect you from dangerous or risky situations, it can also prevent you from sharing inspiring ideas. If you let that fear stand between you and your audience, it becomes much harder for you to present interesting solutions to problems that might affect people or talk about important work. Here’s how you can overcome your fear of public speaking and avoid the challenges that come with it.
Relax, stay calm
Doing a variety of relaxation techniques can help reduce the stress your body experiences when confronted with a situation or an event that induces fear. When you are in a situation where you have to speak in public, the reasons you might experience fear can range from doing the actual speaking itself to simply just thinking about having to speak in public.
Learn how to relax while you are preparing for, or thinking about giving an inspired talk or an oral presentation to reduce the fear you experience and prevent it from interfering with performance. Some relaxation techniques involve learning how to reduce the tension in your muscles, lower your heart rate and control your breathing. Simply do these relaxation techniques as you slowly grow into becoming a public and leadership speaker in the Philippines.
Mind over matter
Challenging your perceived bias about yourself is another way you can conquer your fear of speaking. Determining any negative ideas or any irrational beliefs you might have about yourself is the first step to overcoming them.
If you constantly think of things such as “I am not a good speaker because audiences find me boring” or “People can see how nervous I am on stage”, it can affect your ability to prepare and deliver an impactful and effective speech.
Replace all of your negative statements and beliefs with supportive, proactive, and favorable ones. Encourage yourself to think more intentionally and pragmatically. In short, teach yourself to see speaking in public as something that is non-threatening. Learn to see and handle yourself as a confident speaker in progress.
A shift in perspective
Another approach to overcoming your fear of public speaking is to shift your perspective from one that is being evaluated to one that is of value. Instead of thinking of it as something where you will be judged or tested, train yourself to see speaking in public as a way to communicate with people something that you believe they will benefit from.
Shifting your perspective can relieve you of the worry of how you come across to your audience. It allows you to focus the best way on how you can get your message across.
If you continue to be afraid of something, you are likely going to avoid it. And once you avoid it, you will not get enough practice, will never get better at it, and will continue to be afraid.
This cycle of fear will go on and on unless you do something about it. It is up to you when and how you are going to break this cycle of fear of public speaking.