Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking – Tips 7-13
FROM TERROR TO TRIUMPH – 20 tips to overcome the fear of public speaking
7. SPEAK FROM AND ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE
When you do this, no one can make you wrong. You can speak to a group of experts on your subject, and they can still learn. When public speaking, only use other people’s experience to support your own.
8. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE RUSH
You will likely get a rush of energy going through your system prior to the presentation. If you label this rush as fear, and try to stop it, this energy may be released through shaking, perspiring, flushing, and butterflies. BUT if you welcome this rush as excitement, you can use it as Personal Power. Let it make you big! Breathe, and fill up the room with your energy.
9. LOVE YOUR AUDIENCE
Fill up the entire room with a positive, loving, joyful energy. Be ‘at one’ and in love with each person in the audience. Speak to each person one-on-one, as if she or he is your best friend, sister, or brother. Feel a loving, profound connection. Be excited to be with them and to have fun with them. People get what you feel. When you’re in a state of love, you’re not able to feel fear. There is no power in fear.
10. LET GO OF YOUR EGO AND COME FROM THE HEART
Your ego (Left Brain) is concerned with being the centre of attention and with being judged. The ego wants control. The ego may believe that who you are is not enough, and it can create a façade as a cover-up. When this happens, you can come across to others as egotistical. You can consciously let go of the ego, and surrender to the heart or Higher Right Brain.
Focus on being authentic and transparent. Be in the experience that you want your audience to get. Feel what you want your audience to feel.
11. USE HUMOUR
Incorporate humour into your presentation and visual aids. Laugh and get your audience to laugh. Your audience learns better with humour.
12. BREAK THE ICE
Have the participants interact in fun and entertaining ways. There are many great ice-breakers that get the audience moving, interacting, and laughing.
13. INVOLVE THE AUDIENCE
There are a variety of methods for audience interaction: role plays, demonstrations, exercises, games, etc. can help overcome the fear of public speaking.
Karen Brunger, AICI CIP is President of International Image Institute Inc.