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How to control the fear of public speaking?

Every leader in his career feels the fear of public speaking either in meetings or talking to employees.

So for a manager, or business owner mastering public speaking helps in many situations: motivating your team, establishing leadership, presenting a project or idea to your superiors, etc.

To communicate effectively, the speech itself is certainly important, but the speakers know it well ... the gestures, the attitude, the tone used are all intrinsic elements of good oral communication. They contribute just as much - if not more - to get the message out.

It, therefore, is important to develop your charisma and know your responsibility to overcome stress and fear of public speaking.

conquer fear of public speaking

Prepare to speak:

You need to practice to become a good speaker even if you are not a shy person. 

In order for your message to really get across, you must work on certain aspects of public speaking.

Develop self-confidence:

To be comfortable with others, you must above all be comfortable with yourself. For this, it is necessary to know how to have eye contact with others.

Work on your assertiveness:

Prepare a list of your strengths let say your achievements or something that make you feel proud,  these will help you to gain your confidence.

Leave yourself open to error:

Stay in front of the mirror and speak without any fear. Read your speech no matter if you speak something wrong.

No one is perfect so be open and think like everyone do mistakes and then they learn from their mistakes.

Learn to manage stress better:

Identify the causes of your anxiety, take a step back, organize your work. In addition, there are some techniques which, if you learn to master them and practice them regularly, will help you to quickly relieve the pressure, such as breathing exercises or relaxation.

Work on your non-verbal language

Gestures, attitudes, looks and more are important factors as the words in our speech. It is therefore essential to know how to work on your non-verbal communication.

  • Stay free and confident in your posture: if you speak in front of a desk, avoid hanging onto it.
  • Look at all of your audience: while hanging some looks that you feel "captured and kind". Regularly scan the assembly so that everyone feels important and concerned by your message. 
  • Take your hands out of your pockets: This gives the audience a sign that you are uncomfortable.
  • Speak clearly and loud enough to be heard by all: This obviousness sometimes requires great efforts on the part of the communicator. 
  • Keep both feet firmly anchored to the ground: Avoid resting on one leg, this unconsciously evokes to your interlocutors a certain fragility, a lack of self-confidence - and therefore diminished credibility. 

Perfect your oral expression 

Now that you have mastered the nonverbal language, it is time to focus on your verbal communication: diction, vocabulary, turn of sentences, etc. 
  • Give rhythm and life to your intervention: A rich and varied vocabulary, words in line with the tone used, the subject addressed and the context of the message. 
  • It starts with an excellent speech: Learn to put your voice, banish stray words (er, so, then, here, etc.). Tame silences and make them a real weapon of persuasion! 

Learn to convince 

Develop your power of persuasion to make your messages heard. For this, it is essential to work on your charisma.

Be sure to target the emotions of your interlocutors. Have an eye on your audience (their attitudes, looks, expressions, and everything, etc.)

How to structure your speech? 

This may seem obvious, but a speech that is ill-suited in terms of duration, substance, and form, will have little chance of achieving public support for the message delivered to it.

Furthermore, if you do not structure your speech properly, you may lose track of it at one time or another and will find it hard to capture the attention of your audience again. 

The main phases of public speaking

Capturing the attention of the audience:

You must immediately raise the interest of the audience.


Be enthusiastic and dynamic to present your project or defend your idea. Mention the key point at the conclusion. The first and last seconds of your speech are very important - the little that the audience will remember.

Tips and Tricks for Successful Public Speaking

Capturing the attention of your audience 

This implies that you have to know your audience well: who are the people you are going to talk to? What do they expect from this intervention? What vocabulary do they use?

All of this allows you, the narrator, to capture the attention of your audience by using the right words, anecdotes that speak to your audience, using appropriate gestures.

Look far to be heard 

The voice goes where the gaze goes. If you only look at the first row, there is a good chance that the middle and back of the room do not say a word of your speech.

Guaranteed stall. Inevitable flop. Worse: negative impression retained. Your voice must be high enough to be heard by everyone. Repeat your speech out loud to get into the habit of speaking loudly.

Train over and over 

Rehearse your speech in front of a mirror, a few relatives who can give you constructive feedback or even film yourself.

This will allow you to spot certain language mistakes or postures related to stress. You will be able to work on them and perfect your eloquence.

Visualize if possible the place, the room in which you will give your speech, your outfit, the people present, etc.

Taming your audience 

When speaking to an audience of unknown people (such as at a conference, for example), it is a good idea to greet at the entrance to the room, for example, the listeners who arrive.

This allows you to familiarize yourself with the faces that will scrutinize you for long minutes. Actors or other artists performing on stage do so in a more discreet way: they observe their audience hidden behind a curtain or from behind the scenes or from the back of the room.

In addition, you will also already be able to spot a few "allies" whose good vibes you feel - and conversely, the individuals whose non-adherence to your cause you unconsciously feel.

The latter are excellent engines in this regard. Consider them a challenge: these are the people you need to convince.

During your speech, keep them in focus and observe their reactions: this is how you will perceive the effect of your speaking on your audience.

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