Being a Fearless Public Speaker in 2012

Many of you, both old and new public speakers alike, may have taken a long break during the holidays and are now finding yourselves feeling nervous and rusty. Don’t worry too much. This is a normal feeling and everyone practically has it. But you don’t need to let it paralyze you either. Below are five things you can do to help you overcome this feeling of fear when speaking in public.

1.  Redefine the fear as adrenaline, and therefore a good thing. It’s just a matter of shifting your paradigm!

2.  Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse.  Rehearse a lot. It’s true! Practice makes perfect.

3.  Breathe deeply, from the belly.  Breathe slowly, and often. There’s no denying the effect of science.

4.  Focus on the audience, not on yourself. How many times have I shared with you in the past that public speaking isn’t about you. It’s about the audience. As Nancy Duarte wrote in her book Resonate, the audience is the hero in this equation. So you can relax and do what you do best.

5.  Focus on an emotion that you want to convey to the audience. Instead of feeling panicky and scared, focus instead on the emotion that you want to give to your audience. Do you want to bring them hope? Do you want to inspire and guide them to the right path? Doing so will make you forget that you were feeling fearful in the first place.

We’re only human. We get scared from time to time. It’s just a matter of using this emotion to empower yourself to be the best public speaker you can be. Use any or all of these tips and let me know how it went.

For more information on how you can apply these tips, head to:

How to Conquer Fear of Public Speaking

Cheers to a wonderful and fearless new year for you!

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