Speaking in public: Opens wide possibility to make a strong personality
Wikipedia defines Public Speaking as “The process or the act of performing a speech to a live audience.”
But in the deeper context, Public Speaking is much more than that. It’s much more than just the connection between the words coming out of your mouth to the ears of the listener.
Public Speaking is an art, and adeptness in which you use your oratory skills to connect with the audience. It is an act of believing in yourself that your words are directly from your heart, which touches the heart and soul of the audience.
It is an act of influencing people with the words you say. As we dig deeper, we found out that public speaking is much more than just speaking in front of the audience. Public Speaking is a craft of persuading actions through your words.
To bring around a change through a few words isn’t an easy task. A person must have the audacity to stimulate the course of actions, and it assuredly requires more than just an oratory skill.
But if there’s one thing that comes in the way of you and your audience, it is stage fright. However, it is not only staging fright or staging fear; it is the anticipation of going on the stage to be in front of tons of people glaring at you and waiting for you to present your oratory skills. But this anticipation of going on the stage can get you in real trouble ranging from being uncomfortable to turning catastrophic.
You might be scared to face the audience with their eyes glued to the stage, waiting for you to mess up just one word and them remembering you forever as the worst orator. Stage fright isn’t an unusual thing.
But you are not the only one dreading the thought of going up on the stage. Millions suffer the same, but the trick is not to let it show.
With the right cause of actions, confidence, and a lot of practice, it can vanish in no time.
Dive right in to know how to overcome the stage fear:-
Accept and appreciate yourself.
To practice for the first time, stand in front of the mirror with a speech in your hands and keep practicing that way. The foremost person who has to accept and appreciate your speech is you. When you begin to accept and appreciate yourself, the anxiety and the nervousness disappear and are taken over by confidence. So look into the mirror, and let your oratory skills flow.
Lay down the groundwork and focus on certain faces
Imagine giving a speech while looking at the paper in your hand and not making any contact with the audience! – Doesn’t sound appropriate, right?
Envisage speaking in front of hundreds of people looking all judgy and waiting for you to mess up. That doesn’t sound good either. Therefore, it is suggested that you should lay down your groundwork which implies that you look around at the audience and find the friendliest faces of the faces that don’t scare you.
Faces that you think might be unable enough to let you forget the judging glares. While speaking, keep looking at those certain faces and make eye contact with them, and don’t let yourself be just a reader who makes no contact with his/her audience. And voila!! You made the required contact, and you did not feel judged. And you had a great speech.
Keep your emotions in check.
You know your words, and you know yourself, now, don’t try to keep your emotions down. That is a sign of nervousness or recklessness, let your emotions flow. Let the audience know that your speech interprets what you feel, and it is not just mere words.
Let the audience know that you know your work and make it happen with your expressions and emotions. However, do remember to keep the emotions in check, show confidence, and don’t go overboard.
Don’t be afraid of them.
Hundreds of eyes glued at you and ears standing upright to listen to your words might sound a bit overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to. Remember that they’re all the same and you are a part of the crowd.
Don’t be afraid of the glares but take it as flattery. Take it as your moment to shine and show off your skills. You are not a politician or a celebrity. Even if you make a mistake, they might not even notice it. And even if they do, so what? It’s not like they’re going to remember it forever. Think of them as the next participant after you and see how the fear vanishes.
Practice makes an orator perfect.
We’ve all heard how important it is to practice to succeed. Practice as much as you can, and don’t let anything stand in your way of success. Start by practicing alone, then go off to perform in front of your friends or family members who would listen to you and wouldn’t resist telling you your mistakes. An apt amount of practicing would build up your confidence, letting go of your anxiety.
However, it is equally important to relax. Therefore, try to relax your mind a few minutes before your performance, so you don’t feel burdened. With the perfect balance of practice and relaxing, your oratory skills would improve, and your stage fright would turn into stage enthrallment.
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