How to overcome the nervousness of speaking in public

How to overcome the nervousness of speaking in public

Renny Yagosesky defines stage fright as the psychophysical response of the body, usually intense, that arises as a consequence of catastrophic anticipated thoughts about the real or imaginary state of public speaking.

From this definition we can extract a first conclusion: We are afraid because we visualize the failuresometimes because we remember earlier failures, and sometimes just because we imagine it.

Also, it is possible that the fact of having the fright is related to a simple question of context.

We have heard so much about stage fright and it is such a popular subject that it seems normal to feel this fear.

However, if you find yourself in an environment in which people speak without fear under any circumstances, even when it comes to improvising a speech (more or less brief), and tell you wonders about the fact to give lectures or courses, things are very different.

The most likely is that anyone who has contact with someone who meets these characteristics, in turn wants to taste the success resulting, for example, from a conference.

If you've never done it, do not be afraid

If you have never spoken in public and are afraid to confront it, the better and focus on the people who enjoy it.

Observe how they move and the confidence they exude. Also focus on the applause and on the face of the audience.

Now slip into your skin and visualize yourself. What do you feel?

If you have had a bad experience in the past, learn from your mistakes

The fact that you have had a bad experience in the past does not imply that it will always be so. The first thing to do is to think about what happened, your attitude before, then during and after the moment in question.

Draw your own conclusions and laugh at yourself.Think positively, slip into the shoes of a successful speaker, and feel the applause and warmth of people.

Some positive ideas to face the public

– People do not come to see you suffer but to listen to your speech

People are too busy to voluntarily criticize a lecturer. What we all seek is learning, enjoying and sharing ideas.

– Repeat, practice and practice

It is very good to visualize, but that does not mean that you have to surrender to chance. Practice, practice, repeat … call it what you want.

But since we learn to speak while talking, who will we be bored with the same speech for hours?

Fill a toy room and talk to them. If you are wrong, you have an excellent opportunity to improvise and an essential ability to speak in public.

And of course, register and analyze what you are doing. This is something that makes many people panic.

Record and watch the videos when you feel like you have succeeded. This will help you gain confidence and improve yourself.

– Do not allow anyone to tell you that you are not able

Flee the poisonous people who are just undermining you. Focus on the people who give you courage and who trust your abilities.

You self-sabotage yourself? It may be time to take out the trash! Free yourself from negative thoughts and love yourself.

How to dominate and control the situation

You have already visualized yourself, you have repeated, you are filled with positive energy and you have practiced. You are ready for success.

However, you feel a small tremor in your legs and a kind of cold sweat that takes your whole body.

You may be a little nervous, but you may also feel a great deal of emotion. Try to channel your energies and consider the following tips:

– Speak with passion and seduce your audience

Thus, people will show more interest and get involved in your speech. The positive energy that you deploy when you speak, will fuel you throughout your speech.

– Divide your speech into different parts

This can help you to confront each part independently, to memorize the speech and to feel that you are evolving successfully. In addition, for your audience, it will be easier to listen to you.

– Breathe deeply

Breathing techniques are fundamental for public speaking, as well as relaxing and focusing.

Use diaphragmatic breathing before you start talking, and become aware of what you are doing. Thus, you will oxygenate your body and you will feel more serene.

– Drink a glass of water

Do not forget to drink a glass of water quietly, to send your brain a message of tranquility.Likewise, keep water handy while you talk.

You can take a sip from time to time, enjoying the transition from one party to another or while someone is asking a question.

– Enjoy the technology as soon as you can

This does not mean that you have to spend all your written speech on a presentation and read it word for word.

It's about being able to use technology to make your speech easier, whether it's through slides that help you structure the exhibit, pictures, or other tools that help your audience better capture your message.

– Arrive on time at the event location

So, in addition to being able to calmly explore the room and visualize yourself in this context, you can verify that everything you need works: light, electrical connections, computer equipment, etc.

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