Fear of public speaking: overcome it in 3 steps

It is the first ranked among the phobias. It affects 3 out of 4 people and accounts for 20% of the entire anxiety disorder.

We’re talking about public speaking: the beast of professionals and non-professionals.

For many, regardless of the work done, speaking in front of other people represents an insurmountable fear: the fault of shyness, fear of not being prepared and of being judged by others.

An obstacle that, undeniably, shows its brake especially when it prevents a manager, a leader or an entrepreneur from expressing their potential by inhibiting individual performance in front of an audience.

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And given that success is nothing without a stage on which to celebrate it, and that decisions, increasingly, involve broad sharing and presentations, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and overcome the fear of public speaking. How?

Through these 3 practical tips.

1. Train to excel

Think you are not good at public speaking? You are confusing talent with a simple skill: public speaking, , in fact, is not an innate talent, but a knowledge obtainable during the professional path. Take some time to study the main techniques, to practice and to receive and put into practice the feedback from colleagues and acquaintances. Also remember to be patient and give yourself time: to become an ace on the stage you need to hone your skills with dedication.

2. Check your body and breath

Before going on stage do some deep breathing exercises: In addition to calming down, breathing slowly will help you set a tone of voice that is more intense and incisive. Also during the speech remember to breathe regularly – it seems absurd, but many orators are in apnea or, on the contrary, they hyperventilate – to give power and stability to the voice, avoiding acute.

Before entering the scene and on stage, then check your body posture: assume positions of authority, to increase self-esteem. Feet firmly fixed to the floor, legs straight, back straight and arms along the body. Remember to keep your chest out and don’t curl up – maintaining a position of control will make you feel stronger.

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3. Study the speech, setting the beginning and end well

Those who have a phobia of speaking in public certainly cannot afford the luxury of improvising: the very high risk is to panic, forgetting the content of the speech and losing the thread, with disastrous consequences.

It is therefore essential to define the flow of speech, taking particular care to write – and memorize – an impeccable opening and closing.

In fact, opening and closing are the passages that remain in the public mind more than others and that define the first impression, in one case, and the memory that the audience will bring with themselves some speech, in the other.

Write an entrance and an ending capable of thrilling the audience, and memorize them. Instead, trace the body of the speech only as a bullet point, keeping in mind the canvas with the points to touch, but without staring too much. According to science, in fact, a concentration taken to the limit is likely to trap you in a fixed pattern and rigid which, if compromised, becomes inaccessible, leaving you, literally, speechless.

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