3 Tricks For Controlling Public Speaking Fear

As Featured On EzineArticlesWhether you are giving a full blown speech to a group of hundreds, giving an update during a meeting, or having to do a oral presentation in class – if you have a fear of public speaking, this can seem like the end of the world to you. However, even though you have a fear of public speaking, stage fright, or whatever label you want to put on it, you can get through the experience and possibly even enjoy it.

Here are three tips to help you the next time you have to get up and speak.
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10 Public Speaking Resources

I’m a big believer in ongoing learning. To this day I still study things that I know that I’m good at. It’s goes to the success principle of “sharpening the saw” – or honing your skills. This list has books, audios, and videos that can greatly improve your public speaking skills.
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Act “As-if”

When it comes to public speaking, there’s usually two types of people:

  • Those who LOVE it
  • Those who HATE it

I know that hate is a strong word but I think it’s an appropriate description of those who have a fear of public speaking. For the majority of people the latter is true. There’s a lot that you can do to work on your fear: deep breathing exercises, practice, hypnosis, etc. However, what if you’re still not at the level you want to be but still have to give a speech or presentation?
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Using Humor

Using humor in your speech or presentation can give you many benefits. It can help warm up an audience to you. It can show them that you’re interesting and they should be ready for anything. It can also help you relax by setting a tone of fun and that you’re interesting to listen to.
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Public Speaking Quote [6] – Albert Einstein

“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”
– Albert Einstein

This quote reminds me that, when it comes to public speaking and the fears we have, that:

  1. We are the cause of our fear. It was something in us that eventually drove us to have this fear.
  2. We need to have a new mindset or paradigm shift in order to get past that fear.

It’s always possible to overcome fear and adversity. The main issue here, as mentioned by one of my favorite people to quote, is that we have to change our way of thinking in order to overcome the¬†obstacle. The things you do to improve your situation are one method of changing your mindset. For example, the fact that you are looking for quotes and other resources for public speaking is already helping you with that mindset change.

So, keep moving forward and keep moving to a new mindset. Eventually you will find that your thinking is different from when you were afraid and it’s at that point you will have overcome your fear.