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How To Become A Fearless Speaker
February 25, 2022
How to become a fearless speaker? It takes practice.
Becoming a fearless speaker will take practice; not everyone is comfortable with public speaking. Everyone isn’t a natural in front of a crowd: According to some estimates, 75% of the population suffers from some degree of public speaking anxiety or uneasiness. According to some assessments, most people are more afraid of public speaking than of death.
Glossophobia is a term for the dread of public speaking. In Greek, “phobia” means fear of the tongue, while “glosso” means “tongue.”
For some people, public speaking is one of the most hated and fear-inducing duties that one would anticipate accomplishing. A swarm of people staring at you is nerve-wracking. You have the distinct impression that all eyes are on you at this moment. Your palms get hot and sweaty. Because you’re the center of attention, your body temperature rises, and the butterflies in your stomach won’t go away.
Becoming a fearless speaker does not happen overnight.
Indeed no one likes a dull speaker. As if that wasn’t bad enough, having your audience repeatedly go to the bathroom during your speech is the worst possible outcome. Every one of these nerves and fears is familiar to me because I was once in the same boat as you as a beginning public speaker. I was always seconds away from a heart attack, trying to do anything to make sure the spectators didn’t leave.
Then, as my experience with breast cancer progressed, I developed a mastery of public speaking and an ability to captivate an audience, which allowed me to speak about mental toughness and my leadership coaching practice. Now, I’m not saying I don’t have bad days speaking on stage or in a corporate context, but I’m pretty darn close to acing my talks. Why? As a result of my proficiency in public speaking, I have become a fearless speaker.
Try recording yourself speaking
What if you could hear your voice while in the audience? Unfortunately, you can’t physically do this, but you can always record your presentation and watch it later. Capturing yourself on video is ideal, as you’ll be able to observe your body language, along with listening to your delivery style. However, even a simple audio recording can aid in discovering and correcting issues.
Engage your audience while you are speaking
You’ve prepared out your talk, filmed yourself, got some hard-hitting feedback, and practiced like crazy. But, there’s one more suggestion to consider as you take the stage: Engage your audience. How can a speaker best appeal to an audience?
A common trait among the conference’s most impactful presenters was the mention of at least one person in the audience at some point in their remarks. Even briefly mentioning someone in the room can create a stronger connection between the speaker and the audience.
One speaker, for example, called out an audience member and mentioned a project they had worked on together recently as an example of “best practice” project management. By calling out the audience member, the speaker not only created a straightforward and powerful level of engagement with the audience member, but many of the others in the audience also appeared to become even more attentive to what the speaker was saying.
To become fearless, you need to be yourself when speaking.
You don’t have to aspire to be like Oprah Winfrey to be a great public speaker. Simply being yourself is all you need to do to succeed. Being a false impersonator is the worst thing you can do. Remember that becoming a fearless speaking doesn’t always have to occur in front of a large audience; it can happen right in your backyard. Whether you’re addressing your boss or energizing your team, you have the opportunity to demonstrate your speaking abilities. Even if you’re chatting with your spouse or attending a friend’s party, you can be an excellent speaker. In addition, you can test out how your message is received in a safe environment with these activities.
Practice will make you a fearless speaker.
The capacity to walk on stage and deliver a faultless presentation without practicing appears to be bestowed upon some people by their genes. But, in my opinion, most people are not like that. Even the best presenters I know take the time to hone their skills before delivering a speech in front of an audience. It would help if you did the same thing.
Get a critique to help give you feedback on your speaking
Consider hiring a professional to watch your practice and give you an objective assessment. Even though it’s uncomfortable at first, you’ll have the opportunity to identify and correct any issues before presenting in front of an audience. If you want to become a fearless speaker, you will need feedback.
Script your speech out
Why don’t I make a presentation outline and then go over it numerous times before delivering it? It helps me speak more fluently and confidently, and I hope it also helps me make a better impression on my audience. You should, even if you’re using slides to give your presentation a script. As a result, you’ll have a clearer picture of how you want to present your tale.
On the other hand, you don’t want to just read from a script in front of people you’ve never met before. I may have my writing in front of me when I present, but I never read it aloud. In the middle of reading it, I’m already changing the words. Also, I make sure I’m not staring at my script but rather at my audience.
Tell a story
Stories and real-life situations have a powerful effect on people. Think of ways to make your speech more relatable to the audience by relating personal experiences or incidents that you have had. All it takes is one’s thinking to succeed. As a result, the audience begins to realize the link in their own life.
Start strong and finish stronger when speaking.
We’ve all heard it before, but the way you begin and end a speech will stick in the minds of those listening. Whether you’re addressing your coworkers or your own family, make sure to provide them with the information they may use when they get back home. And don’t be sluggish or sluggish. You’ll become more effective if you know what you’re talking about. When you’re not concentrated and don’t know your speech well, you’ll use more “um’s.” Audiences of any size, whether in person or online, will be riveted by your knowledge and enthusiasm if you take the time to read, research, and fully understand what you’re saying.
The more you practice public speaking, the more fearless you will become. Numerous men and women have benefited from my approach, and I’ve used it to speak passionately around the world, whether on stage, in management, or the privacy of my own home. I’ve now given speeches in more than a dozen nations and nearly every major American metropolis. I’m now a warrior, and I’m proud of it!