It’s an often-quoted fact that the fear of public speaking is a top fear amongst the general population. Sometimes referred to as “social phobia” or “social anxiety”, the thought of getting up in front of a room filled with people is anxiety-provoking in many. For some people, even the fear of speaking up in a classroom or a small group is uncomfortable. There is something about having everyone’s attention focused on what you are saying that is unnerving.
The problem is that the ability to communicate with confidence is key to success in many venues. We all want to get our point across and do it in a way that engages or influences others. If we freeze up because of anxiety, or we focus too much on how we look and sound, we can’t possibly be as effective.
You may have set a New Year’s goal to overcome a fear of public speaking. There are many great techniques to do this, such as deep breathing, self-hypnosis and using self-talk. Here I will outline the six keys to confident communicating so that once you are calm and relaxed, you can prepare your presentation and deliver it with confidence to your desired audience.
Having a clear plan and a method for presenting can eliminate a lot of the general fear you may experience. If you can share information in a way that allows the listener to connect, to understand and to gain something, you will not only deliver a solid communication or presentation, but you will win the hearts and minds of your listeners, too.