Does Public Speaking Terrify You?

Does Public Speaking Terrify You?

Many of us freeze when we are asked to speak in public.

Perhaps you have been asked to speak at a wedding, give a eulogy, give a presentation at work or at your club.

Overcoming your fear of public speaking can be an exciting and rewarding journey. 

When asked to make a speech keep two things in mind.

  1. The speaker (in this case you).
  2. The message you want to deliver.

It makes no difference whether you are extroverted or introverted. Learning to speak in public is a skill that can be learned. The delivery depends on your personality.

The questions you need to answer is:

  • Do you want to communicate with large or small groups?
  • Do you have something you need to say that is more important than your fear of expressing yourself?

When studying public speaking you will cover the following:

  • How to feel at ease. There are tips and hints to help you to do this.   
  • Voice control exercises.
  • How to use body language.
  • Personal presentation
  • How to write a speech. The importance of structure.
  • The opening and closing of your speech.
  • How to use humour.
  • How to tell stories.

The Dale Carnegie Courses ( established in 1912) has trained hundreds of thousands of speakers.

He received many letters from people who had mentioned why they need to learn to speak in public.

What most people wanted to develop was:

  • Self-confidence.
  • Ability to think clearly and on their feet.
  • To put thoughts together in a logical order.
  • The ability to have their say clearly and convincingly.

Most people would be surprised to learn that the ability to think calmly and clearly and deliver a speech confidently and courageously is not as difficult as they think.

Most eloquent speakers have felt inadequate but decided to learn the skills associated with public speaking.

A competent public speaker needs four essential things.

  1. A strong and persistent desire to communicate.
  2. They thoroughly know what they are going to talk about.
  3. To act confidently.
  4. Practise! Plenty of it.

Having a mentor to train you in the art of public speaking is the quickest way to succeed.

Some helpful quotations:

Winston (Churchill) has devoted the best years of his life to preparing his impromptu speeches.

F.E Smith

First, learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.  Epictetus

If you don’t say anything, you won’t be called upon to repeat it.

Calvin Coolidge

When a man is asked to make a speech, the first thing he has to decide is what to say.

Gerald Ford

And finally:

“There is no other accomplishment, which any man can have that will so quickly make for him a career and secure recognition as the ability to speak acceptably.”

Chauncey M. Depew

Learning the skills of public speaking is the best form of self-development you can undertake.

Why not begin today? Do what many are too afraid to do.

Please contact me to discuss your public speaking goals. I have experienced personal growth and developed loads of confidence through public speaking and I am committed to mentoring others.