Coping with the Fear of Public Speaking
So you’ve been assigned a task of preparing a speech. And you are to present it in your class in a few days. This sounds a piece of cake if you are comfortable with public speaking. But if you are one of those students who dread the mere thought of public speech, the following tips are for you.
- Remember there are very few people who like presenting in front of public. Being nervous about it is perfectly natural. Do not let the fear take over; you can do it.
- Thorough knowledge of you material is the first step to successful public presentation. You should choose a topic that interests you and learn as much as possible about it. A good idea is to use some spoken language and jokes whenever appropriate. This will clear the air and make you feel more comfortable.
- Compose a detailed plan of your speech. Introduction, major points and conclusion go without saying; besides, think about the questions the audience may ask and prepare the answers. You can find good samples of speeches and presentations at .
- Do not forget about visuals. Supplementing your material with pictures, schemes, PowerPoint slides, etc. makes the presentation far more interesting and memorable. Moreover, it means that half of the time people will not focus on you but on the visual material, which always makes speaking in public easier.
- Practice makes perfect. Rehearse you speech to your friends and family. Ask them to point out any mistakes or flaws they notice and give advice. The more you practice, the easier it will be for you to speak in public.
- Finally, remember that the audience is not a bunch of monsters who are there to mock and criticize you. They want your presentation to be informative and compelling and they want you to succeed.