The fear of public speaking is a common phobia that affects up to 75% of the population. It is the most common phobia, even ahead of death, spiders, or heights. Many wonder how they can actually overcome it. Because confidence in public speaking doesn't come naturally to most, it takes a concerted effort to get comfortable. Start with some of the strategies you can implement on your own.
by Stephanie Bickel
These 10 public speaking tips can help you sore to new heights as you grow in your communication confidence.
1. Practice speaking in front of a mirror
Practicing speaking in front of a mirror can help you become more aware of your body language and facial expressions, and give you an opportunity to see how you come across to others.
2. Record yourself speaking
Recording yourself speaking can help you identify areas for improvement, such as pacing, volume, and inflection.
3. Join a public speaking club or group
Joining a public speaking club or group can provide a safe and supportive environment for practicing and improving your communication skills.
4. Seek feedback
Asking for feedback from others can help you identify areas for improvement and give you an opportunity to practice addressing those areas.
5. Practice with a friend or family member
Practicing with a friend or family member can help you become more comfortable speaking in front of others and give you an opportunity to get feedback.
6. Take an online course or workshop
There are many online courses and workshops available that can help you improve your communication skills.
7. Use positive affirmations
Repeating positive affirmations to yourself can help boost your confidence and encourage you to speak up.
8. Take deep breaths
Taking deep breaths can help calm your nerves and improve your focus and clarity when speaking.
9. Visualize success
Visualizing yourself speaking confidently and successfully can help build your confidence and prepare you for real-life situations.
10. Gradually build up to larger groups
Start by speaking in front of small groups and gradually build up to speaking in front of larger groups. This can help you become more comfortable speaking in front of others and build your confidence.
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