How to overcome the fear of public speaking
Many people are anxious when they speak in public. And it does not mean they will communicate to a crowd, it is enough just to address a work team, for example.
A person who does not feel comfortable speaking in public may have even show some physical symptoms that block communication, such as voice failure, sweating, facial flushing, shakiness, dizziness or nausea. At the same time, one can come up with negative feelings that cause the fear of speaking and a certain discomfort, causing even miscommunication.
There are various situations in everyday work where this fear of speaking comes up, such as the presentation of a project in the company, an external meeting or an interview with your superior. There are, however, strategies for learning how to cope with anxiety and lose the fear of public speaking.
Here are some tips to overcome fear and to facilitate communication:
Initial control. The beginning is perhaps the most difficult time, so be firm and have your speech very well prepared.
Practice in front of the mirror. Go in front of a mirror and speak up as often as necessary until you feel confident.
Speaking to small public. Before a presentation to unknown people or colleagues, you can ask a small group of friends or family to be your public and then ask their opinion about your way of communicating.
PowerPoint Presentation. It is essential because it has threads of communication and serves as memory helper.
Set a point in the room. Sometimes to look at people can intimidate or decentralize, so choose to set a point in the room and fix it. When you’re more comfortable, and the early stage is completed, you can skim the audience, because it helps to empathize and see the reaction of people.
Dark clothes. If you are one of those people who easily sweats, choose to wear dark clothes because they help by hiding the sweat stains. Also have a handkerchief to dry your forehead discreetly.
Drink water. Have water nearby during the presentation, so that your throat does not dry out and assists the flow of speech.
Body language. You should not gesticulate too much nor lock movements by putting hands in pockets throughout the presentation, for example.