Does your heart skip a beat every time you go up on the stage? Do you forget your speech and allow your mind to go blank? Do you feel nauseated when you look at the audience staring at you? Do you unnecessarily drink plenty of water thinking that your throat is going dry? Do you sweat from your head to toe?
If your answer is a ‘Yes!’ to any of these questions, then you have definitely stumbled upon the right article.
Stage fright is not an abnormal happening. In fact, each and every great speaker had felt the same way that you do now when they had initially started speaking at public gatherings. However, despite these similarities, how did they eventually turn out to be the people whom people wait to hear? Well, the answer is quite simple; they did the most that they feared the most, that is, public speaking. Thus, these are a few tips that they have been sharing over the years to help everyone dissolve the fear of public speaking and overcome stage fright.
You should never fix your gaze at a single person in particular. Instead, sway your vision in such a way that you sweep your eyes past every audience without making a direct eye contact with them initially. This will decrease your fear up to a great extent. When your comfort level increases, start making a direct eye contact with as many people from the audience as you can.
Keep Your Hands Behind Your Back
Most of the time we fidget with our fingers when we are nervous. This sends a negative impression to the audience and they lose interest in your speech. So, keep your hands behind your back so that even if you fidget out of nervousness, the audience won’t know and will listen to you intently.
Keep The Content Handy
Even though we are prepared well in advance, we tend to forget our speech when we are up on the stage. So, keep the content of your speech written in brief. In case you do forget midway, just take out your written matter with ease and confidence, glance through the content, take a deep breath, smile at the audience and start afresh. The audience would appreciate if you give a second try rather than mumbling incoherent words.
Make It Impactful
It does not matter how long your speech is. What really matters is how impactful the speech is. So, plan your speech in such a way that it is short and effective so that the audience does not lose interest.
Face The Audience Repeatedly
Delivering a single speech is never sufficient to conquer your fear. The art of public speaking can only be mastered if you keep practicing constantly.
Thus, public speaking is not really a difficult task. Rather, public speaking is a graceful art which can be mastered by anyone and everyone with a little patience and a strong determination. Yes, you might fail to put up a good show before the audience initially. However, that does not mean that you should get defeated and take refuge within closed walls. Instead, you should explore your talents and inspire the world with your wise words.
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