Speaking in Front of Other
The Importance of Public Speaking
• Regardless of who you are and what type of job you
currently have or plan to have, there's a good
chance that one day you will be required to make a
speech in public.
Reasons for Public Speaking
• 3 reasons why everyone
needs to learn public
• 1. Every one of us will be
involved in public speaking
in some form at some point
in our lives, so we need to
be prepared to do a good
job when that time comes.
• 2. Employers consistently rank public
speaking and related communication skills as
one of the top skills they look for in
• 3. Being an effective public speaker gives you
the tools to make a difference in your
business, in your community, even in the
Overcoming da Fear
• Learn to overcome the fear and anxiety of speaking in
• Dealing With Fear and Anxiety
• No discussion of public speaking could continue without first
addressing the problem of stage fright.
• According to a recent study, 70% of people rank giving a
speech as the thing they are most afraid of.
OVERCOMING FEAR OF
• You are not alone at feeling scared when we stand in front of
• Your fear is normal-When the human body gets ready for
any big event, it starts sending out signals which cause
bursts of adrenaline to be released.
• Adrenaline causes all of the
symptoms we associate
with speech anxiety:
– sweaty palms
– feeling flushed
– higher pulse rate
• Even accomplished
professionals in music,
athletics, and politics,
experience the exact same
thing before a
• If realizing that your anxiety is a natural reaction and that
millions of people, here are a few additional tips they will
lessen your speech anxiety:
• Prepare for your speech
• Don’t wait until the last minute, you will be more nervous.
The more you practice and prepare the more comfortable
you will be with your presentation.
• Visualize your success
• One of the reasons we fear speaking in public is that we've
never done it. We always fear the unknown. If you close
your eyes and visualize yourself successfully delivering the
speech, you will literally trick your brain into believing
you've done it before and you won't feel as nervous.
• Realize that no one can
see your nervousness
• Even though we're
extremely nervous, we
don't want anyone in the
audience to know that
we are and the more we
worry that they can the
more nervous we
• You need to realize that most of your nervousness is invisible
to the audience. To them, you just seem to be calmly
presenting your speech.
• Understand that mistakes are going to happen
• No matter how much you prepare and practice
mistakes will happen. While we may be devastated
if we screw something up during our speech, the
truth is that the audience will only realize that
you've made an error if you draw it to their
• Instead of making a big
deal out of the error, you
should simply take a deep
breath, collect your
thoughts, and keep moving
on as if nothing ever
Steps to Overcome that Fear
• There are several steps of tricks to use to
overcome the fear of making a mistake or
looking foolish when you speak to a group:
• Be well-prepared before speaking to a group-
leave nothing to chance
• Practice your speech-Have a backup, in case
you forget what you want to say
• Practice speech many times before you give it
• Practice alone first
Overcome the Fear
• Effects of fear-What happens to you specifically?
• Afraid of:
• Looking foolish in front of other people
• Mind will go blank
• Lack of skills may lower their popularity etc…
• Ways to overcome this fear
• A safety net
• Positive attitude toward the audience.
• Reduce the fear of your audience-Relax yourself just before
• Take a couple of deep breaths
• Count to 10 before beginning
• Use note cards in an outline format
• One method to overcome this fear is to
visualize the people as not all that important.
• An old trick is to imagine them all in clown
outfits. A ridiculous image will make them
seem not all that important
• You have to realize that
the audience is usually
on your side. They want
to hear what you have
to say and to see you
• Your material-You need to know exactly what
you are going to talk about.
• This doesn't mean to memorize exactly what
you plan to say. Rather, it is to have a good
outline of facts and information that you can
• Know audience-It is good to be aware of what type of
audience you will be speaking before.
• This will give you an idea of the subject matter and tone of
• If you are speaking before some important people or at an
important event, that fact may increase your anxiety. But it
is good to know up front, so that you can properly prepare
for the occasion.
• It is good to check over the conditions under which you will
• If you can, go up to the lectern to check things over and get a
feel for things.
• If you will use a microphone, check it out. In some
situations, a person may simply make a
presentation in a meeting room at work. Even then,
it is a good idea to check out the room beforehand
and try to visualize how you will be doing things.
• Note that going through this process will actually
relax you and give you more confidence when it is
your turn to speak.