Public speaking can be quite the harrowing experience for all who venture there, whether by chance or choice. You can ask the people at Carmie
if in doubt. Many people have felt that wave of anxiety wash over them from the sea of eyes watching them as they stand on a podium, sweaty palmed, about to deliver a speech for the first time. Many have never recovered enough to climb back up.
This state of affairs has given enough cause to worry, that a lot of books and articles get churned out on a regular basis, with tips on defeating the monster that is the fear of public speaking. To this end, suggestions have been made by people such as Erik Palmer who states that it would be better handled if schools started engaging students in the art form at an early age as they earn a mastery over it by the time they are adults, in his article titled “Why Schools Need To do A Better Job Of Teaching Speaking Skills”. Emphasis has also been made of Zaption, a video-based interactive learning tool, as a technological approach to teaching students to speak better.
These people do have a point because like learning to ride a bicycle, most skills are more efficiently learned, when taught to persons in their childhood, while the brain is still very much capable of acquiring them.
However, it should pointed that this fear of public speech delivery is one that already exists for a number of people, especially adults, for whom a correction is in order.
One thing the suggestions have right however, is that constant and consistent practice at oral communication, would go a long way to perfecting a person's delivery of public speaking, and to subsequently calm their fears. Here is a set of steps to help any who would sharpen their skills at public speaking, along the way.
Take Up Frequent Tasks Of Delivering Mini Presentations
These presentations do not necessarily have to be anything more than five minutes. Practice makes perfect, and the study of evolution has shown us how much progress can be made by an accumulation of little improvements over a period of time.
Having a presentation like this, once a week for up to five or six weeks could help to generate a sense of ease over such prospects, as well as increasing one's confidence and the much needed fluency.
Make These Speeches About Things You Love
Nothing depicts ease more than a person talking about what he or she likes. Make your mini speeches about anything.
From a funny thing that happened on camping trip once in your childhood, to why you think people with favorite colours are weird, to why you think Game of Thrones is the best thing to happen to mankind, since the birth of Jesus Christ. Your passion about such topics could give you the sort of edge which boosts your confidence, and if you will, might help you master unease from indulging in the vulnerable act of opening up about yourself.
Be Goal Oriented
Here you want to make sure that there is an actual aim to your speech. The desire to make an impact is what drives the most memorable speeches, from Mark Anthony to Martin Luther King Jnr. and Barack Obama. That little spur for your listeners to act or at least take a moment to consider your words. Even with those topics aforementioned.
People have ever needed the support of their loved ones, and it is something you should have as well, if you're journeying into the world of public speaking. In the horde of strangers looking at you, one familiar pair of eyes looking on with affectionate understanding could be all that anchors or tethers you to the world of calmness and sanity. Sometimes it has been advisable to focus on those personalities as you would in a conversation, to make your act more of speaking and very much less of talking.
Record Yourself Talk, You’ve Got A Smartphone, Haven’t You?
There’s no reason why you shouldn’t make people want to have a camping trip by the imageries of your speech, and there’s certainly no reason why your speech shouldn’t convince some skeptic that Game of Thrones really is the best thing since pancakes or even watch the thing. When you make your speeches about making people want to do stuff, you just might find yourself researching more on that topic, to strengthen your convictions or for added information. And trust me, there is something uplifting about a speaker who really knows what he or she is talking about.
The proliferation of Smartphones in this era has done more than the make communication easier as Bell must have intended. It has put the power of being anything we want right in our palm or our hands. Almost. The best thing about Smartphones is that almost everyone has at least that, in the absence of a Laptop, as well as the number of things you could do on with them.
People have become great Internet personalities working off their Smartphones. I’m not asking you to do anything spectacularly difficult other than recording yourself talk, which you probably already do. However, here, your Smartphone gets to play the role of all the video cameras that would probably be recording your real speech, and that you’re probably afraid of.
Review Your Presentations With Your Friends And Family
These ones will be there to help you along the bumpy road to perfection, and at a cheaper cost too. Focus on making improvements on the points they’ve touched upon. Remember as Zig Zigler once said, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”.