Did you know that the fear of public speaking affects 73% of the U.S population? Our country is currently in a time of rebirth, and there is no better time than now to learn how to speak up with confidence. I know that I have plenty of knowledge and experience that I aim to share with the masses, which is why I have spent years cultivating my public speaking skills. However, I also know that there are thousands of voices out there that need to be heard, and the last thing that I want is for fear to stand in the way. In this blog post, I will be sharing tips that are sure to help you gain confidence speaking in front of a crowd!
To start, I want to remind you that you have a voice; you have an opinion. Why be afraid to share your ideas with others? Overcoming your fear of public speaking is a mental challenge. To succeed in gaining confidence, you need to build healthy mental habits that will help you gain self-esteem and courage. For example, you could start small and speak your truth to one or two people. When you begin to feel a little more comfortable, you can increase the size of your audience.
Practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect. Before a speaking engagement, you need to stand in front of the mirror and rehearse. When you step in front of a crowd, you need to know precisely what you want to say and how you want to say it. Your audience is going to feed off of your confidence; make sure that you speak clearly and with energy!
The number one mistake that I see new speakers make is they avoid eye contact. You are not standing in front of a crowd speaking for no reason. You have a point that you are trying to get across. To allow your words to have an impact on your audience, you need to look them in the eye. This creates a deeper connection with the crowd. I understand how frightening this can be, but as I said earlier, with practice and by taking it slow, you can build up to this level of confidence.
Having ideas and opinions does not mean that you will be an influential public speaker. However, being fearless, prepared, and sure of yourself are great first steps in helping you gain the skills needed to develop into one. Public speaking is daunting, and with 3 in 4 people impacted by this fear, it is extremely common. With the current climate in our country, this number must go down. We need to hear your voice. We need to know how you feel and how you will lend a hand in creating positive change. I hope that these tips will help you on your journey, and please do not hesitate to reach out if you need guidance or an ear that listens.