• Thanushree Anil

6 brilliant ways to beat the fear of public speaking

Updated: Sep 12


Enemies about to attack, all hidden in fear until one arises and gives a speech, reminds them of their strength, ignites their spirit, tells them to fight for their family and boom goosebumps with high spirit background music, you imagine being able to give a speech like that to influence people.



Standing on a stage facing multiple people with your legs shivering and getting your throat dry as a desert is a recognised fear commonly known as stage fear.

The phobia has an interesting name too; glossophobia derived from the Greek words Glossa meaning tongue and Phobos meaning fear.


Let's break this fear down.


(Also read the process of breaking the glass of fear in life)


Cluttered thoughts

According to Don Greene a leading sports psychologist and the author of Fight Your Fear and Win, clattering your thoughts refrains you from having clarity.


Public speaking is a lot simpler when you talk your heart out. If you endorse the subject that you have prepared for, the fear of public speaking can be kicked out easily. What do you intend to convey to your audience at the end? After they leave the room what should be their thoughts?


If you think that you wouldn’t able to convince them, human beings get convinced about the quality of a product by a celebrity just posing with the product. A simple photo is enough and we all know words can have mighty effects than that.


Connect with the audience, consider the audience as the customers to your restaurant, give them what they expect with a twist in the dish. Put yourself in the shoes of your audience and think what would they want to think by the end of the speech and work with that.


Research

Before going ahead with a topic, understand the topic. Understand its derivations, understand why people started talking about it, understand yourself, as to why you wanted to talk about it.


If it is a conflicting topic, get to know what are the reasons for the conflictions, think from an unbiased perspective to understand both or multiple conflictions. And then come to the point where you can draw your points out.


The fear of public speaking comes with a lack of confidence in what you say. Have you ever seen teachers or professors tremble when they stand in front of you?

No.


That’s because they know what they are conveying, they know what to answer if you ask a question, they know what they are talking about. They don’t have to question their knowledge on the topic and hence they are completely confident.


Be brave


Many people would prefer an online debate, where you don’t have to show your face, your identity, nothing.


Your voice would be heard but nobody would know who it was. A sense of no recognition and recognition.



Endorsing anonymity can lessen the burden of what will people think about you, what people will perceive about you and cancel off with that, the fear of public speaking. By being anonymous you can state your opinions and go to work tomorrow with your colleagues not asking you why you said that. You don’t have to let other people know your “other side”.


We wouldn’t have to face a room full of 100 different personalities and fulfilling everyone’s expectations. Sounds convenient but direct communication can instil people’s mind with thoughts of much more strong influences.


Also letting people know your other side will broaden your perspectives, you will be able to interact with people who think like you. What you project is what you attract.

Let others know what you are and you wouldn’t have to pretend to be someone else and hide in anonymity.


(Also read the top 5 ways why you must conquer fear in life)


Own it


That allotted time for you, with the bright lights of the stage blinding you, with what seems like a hundred expressionless people with their beady eyes looking at you is YOURS.


Whatever that moment has to spare, that is yours.

The glossophobia would cower away with your actions.


The stage, the lights complimenting your face, those beady earnest eyes, you are controlling them. You have their entire attention of that allotted time directed towards you.


Own the stage and waltz around it.



Walk around the stage, get your shaky legs moving, look around at every one of those beady eyes, work your hand gestures, and body language.


Let the audience be entranced by you and glossophobia run away!


Alterations


Reading off of a paper is easy and is reliable. What you need to understand is any human with their IQ level more than 85 can very well think on their own, it could be at the stage that you think of a sentence or you might reconstruct the sentence on the spot.


Reviving from the alterations that your brain just did could take a while. It could leave you dumbstruck, so when you read it off a paper, it wouldn’t go according to what is written on the paper and you would be just staring at the wall opposite to you.


To avoid inducing fear of public speaking in you, trust yourself, it doesn’t have to be perfect.

Public speaking does not have to be completely a speech with no breaks or pauses, the more authentic you are the more you would be able to influence people.


So even if you bring in sudden alterations go with the flow.


(Also read Is fear of failure stuck around you? 5 requirements of Swami Vivekananda’s beliefs to root it out)

Mental Image


In continuation with the point above, instead of reading of a paper, you can create snippets consisting of just a word or sentence comprising of all what you intend to say.


Create a mental image, know that your brain is your biggest weapon than your piece of paper.

Divide your speech into somewhat like a paragraph writing, the starting with the introduction and basics, the second part with the actual words that you need to convey and the third why you think that it is important to convey these words.


Create the mental image of how you would start, then the second set of your speech, then the third and final section of your speech also at the same time acknowledge that these sentences could differ, could alter, could take an entirely new way but the point that you intend should be delivered.

Among the many sentences that you jotted down if just one word matches that would be more than enough.


Don’t let that glossophobia refrain you from connecting to people and reaching heights.



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