Are you always worried about high-profile presentations? Do you tend to ask yourself negative questions like “What will happen if I forget my stuff?” The truth is, it’s almost impossible to live through adult life without being asked to speak publicly at least once. However you see it, negative self-talk is of no help, as it is essentially like lighting a match in a room with gasoline.
In business, it is essential to accurately communicate your point. It is likely that as an entrepreneur or professional, you would have to speak publicly some day. Whether by giving a formal presentation to an audience, or just asking your boss for a promotion –speaking skills are essential to progress in a professional or business environment.
The fear of public speaking is genuine, no doubt. However, there are techniques to help you overcome your fears. There are even ways to utilise your energy positively. The key is to keep an eye on your fear, control and practice your material. By doing these, you would not only be boosting your level of confidence, but increasing your productivity.
Here are some useful tips on how to use rehearsal to disable public speaking fears:
1. Know your material.
Have an overview of your speech and find information about most relevant points. Read about each aspect of the subject, so that it will not be challenging to answer unexpected questions during your discussion.
It is important to get yourself familiar with your material to avoid unnecessary disappointments.
2. For the big day, have a “clothes rehearsal”.
If you are billed to do a formal presentation in an ascertained venue, if possible, visit the location a day or several hours before the presentation to get familiar with the environment.
If there is a platform r podium, stand on it and test the height. Make the necessary adjustments so that the audience gets a clear view of you as a speaker. This is also an excellent time to see the equipment you need, to proceed with your presentation.
3. Go Through Your Presentation.
Create charts and pictures for slideshows to make your presentation more informative and exciting. Time is also essential, so you can walk through the whole speech and record your voice while you do. This gives you an idea of how long it will run. For a more lively speech, prior recordings will show the focus points that require changes to your tone of voice.
Practice makes perfect, so it’s imperative to practice before you give that crucial oral presentation. This will help you reduce the fear of public speaking.
This post was sent in by Saminu Abass Ola, a young motivational and inspirational speaker and writer, who is also the brain behind SABTrends www.sabtrends.com. Saminu is passionate about Social Marketing. He believes in the abilities of others and tends to bring out the hidden potentials in people’s lives through his motivational articles and words of inspiration.