4 simple ways to overcome your fear of public speaking

At least once in your life, you’re going to have to speak in front of an audience. Here’s how to get the most out of that experience…

1. Take deep breaths
1. Take deep breaths
30 Dec 2015

1. Take deep breaths

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It’s simple advice but it can’t be emphasized enough. Rapid and shallow breathing is indicative of anxiety, and your audience will pick up on the fact that you’re not feeling confident. Before you go up to speak, concentrate on taking a few slow breaths. And when you’re speaking, remember to breathe after making a point.

2. Start with a joke
2. Start with a joke
30 Dec 2015

2. Start with a joke

Humour is the fastest way to get the crowd warmed up, so cracking a joke in the opening few minutes of your speech is a must. Making people laugh should ease them into your speech and make them more receptive to what you’re saying.

3. Tell stories
3. Tell stories
30 Dec 2015

3. Tell stories

Stories help people to relate better to you, so don’t be afraid to occasionally throw in an anecdote. You want to keep people entertained and this is a good way for them to get to know you.

4. Pause
4. Pause
30 Dec 2015

4. Pause

Don’t underestimate the value of a well-timed pause. The best way for people to take in what you’re saying is by pausing every so often. It avoids the impression that you’re rushing through your speech, and also gives the audience time to digest your words.

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