5 Public Speaking Tips To Overcome Stage Fear ­čś▒Speak Confidently & Reduce Nervousness | Skillopedia


So today I have decided to speak about a phobia
that most people struggle with, and that’s “Glossophobia”. Do you know what that
means? That is the name for the most dreaded fear of public speaking. Not just you but
many people including me, have been victims to stage fright or at least most of us have
been super nervous before facing an audience, what do you think? Okay, because you’ve
clicked on this video, I’m pretty sure that you know how badly Glossophobia can affect
your performance. But do you know that you are not lone in this, that’s right. Like
I said earlier, I’ve been a victim to stage fear and I have frozen before an audience
and that itself is a great fear of public speaking in me that the first time I shot
a video on Skillopedia for you, I felt that I would not be able to complete it. Apart
from me there are famous actors such as, Nicole Kidman, Politicians like Abraham Lincoln and
even leaders of the Nation like Gandhiji who dreaded speaking before an audience. So this
means that you are not alone, right? So basically this is an evidence that even famous people
or successful people, battle with Glossophobia. So based on personal experiences there are
some tried and tested techniques that can help you overcome the fear of speaking in
public. My name is Michelle and you are watching Skillopedia, the place to learn skills for
the real world. SO today let’s take a few steps together to overcome Glossophobia. For
this, you need to concentrate on your breathing, because that has the capacity to calm you
down. So when you are too nervous and you have excessive adrenaline rushing through
you veins, that is what leads you to breathe you rapidly, and breathing rapidly as you
know causes anxiety which causes your performance to go really bad. So the technique is, that
you should start focusing on your breathing to stay calm before your performance. I would
suggest that you start your speech, before you start your speech, you breathe in and
breathe out at least 10 times. This will help you slow down your adrenaline rush, reduce
your heart rate, reduce anxiety and calm you down and I think this technique is quite doable,
it’s quite easy, you don’t need any equipment for this, you just need to breathe in, breathe
out and relax your mind. Apart from breathing in and breathing out, three’s another thing
that you can do to calm yourself which is, you should start imagining a positive outcome
of your speech as you do this you get into the right and confident frame of mind about
your speech that you are going to deliver. So step: 1 is, reduce anxiety, increase confidence.
I’m going to share with you a golden strategy to overcome Glossophobia. I’m sure that
there are many experts who would vouch for this strategy and that is the most powerful
tool for good speeches, “pausing”, that’s right. Not only will this help you create
an impact, but it will also help you master your anxiety, that is generated during the
speech. Because when you speak at a graduate pace, when you are slow, you are gradual,
this means that you get time to think, right? This is the secret that I have used for many
years and as you can see that when I speak, I often pause, that’s right. In order to
create an impact, and I want to give you the time to absorb the information that I’m
giving, otherwise it will be an information overload, and you will lose the connect with
me. And obviously, pausing helps me collect my own thoughts. So pausing is helpful, in
every way, it’s a win-win situation for you and also for your audience. Now this is
an art that you can learn with practice, so let’s practice it now, okay? You can see
a piece of text on the screen right here, I would like you read this, just as it is,
pause the video, take about 30 seconds to read this and then play the video again, here
you go… Well I hope you were able to use 30 seconds to read out this text. Did you
feel that something was missing over there? That you were not absolutely right in your
pace, maybe you were going a bit too fast, you did not know where to pause… Well you’re
absolutely right. What was missing in this text, can you tell me? It was the punctuation.
There were no full stops and there were no commas, that’s why when you are reading
the text, you sounded so dull and drab as you were missing all the pauses because of
punctuation was absent throughout the text. So, now what do we understand? We understand
that it is important that you should use punctuations while preparing your script and pauses while
you’re speaking. Now we have the same text on the screen right here but this time with
the punctuation marks and I’m going to read it with the punctuations, pausing for a shorter
duration at the commas and I’ll pause for a longer duration for full stops. So basically
you have to listen to me carefully and then try it yourself, but pausing at the right
place for the right amount of time. So let’s begin, “Public speaking anxiety is something
that has affected all of us, to some extent. In fact, I believe that Mark Twain was right
when he said, there are two types of speakers: those who are nervous, and those who a liars.”
Well I completely with what Mr. Twain has said and I hope that this time you actually
were able to notice the impact that pausing correctly can create on your talk. So this
means you must use the powerful tool of pausing in order to create an impact through your
speech. There is one technique that has worked very well for me, and that is ‘giving my
speech to another person’. There are actually many people around you that you can give your
speech to, you can do it with your husband or your wife, with your friend, with your
parents, with your sister, your brother, your dog… not that one actually, but all the
other, right? You can deliver your speech to them and the best part is, speaking in
front of another person, will help you relax and on top of that it will give you experience,
in the sense that if the people listening to you have any questions about your speech,
it is a high possibility that the audience will also have the similar questions to ask
you and you will be better prepared for the final presentation. So this means that you
will be better prepared for any anticipated questions or problems that might occur when
you are delivering your speech. Also when you practice your speech with another person,
remember to tell them to critic your performance on a scale, as in tell you of the good, and
the areas to improve so that you can receive a constructive feedback from them and work
on it. So this is going to allow you to improve your final performance and this is the tip
that has worked a lot for me. So remember to rehearse in front of another person. Now
for the third advice, I’m going to give you another checklist and this time for practicing
in front of the mirror, oh hang on, I’m assuming that you already know that you should
do the practice in front of the mirror or record yourself on your cellphone to improve
your delivery. Well this is a mandatory step to create an impact with your speech. So when
you are going to rehearse in front of the mirror, you should pay attention to a few
factors, the first is your facial expressions, if your expressions don’t support your words,
it seems that your speech is memorized. You have just learned it by heart and you are
reading it up, that’s it. So make sure that you’re expressive, not just with your words,
but also with your face, and when it comes to facial expressions, a smile is mandatory,
it should be there throughout your speech. Not just to appear confident but also to calm
your nerves. It’s actually scientifically proven that smiling reduces anxiety, so you
should be careful of your facial expressions and be sure to smile. When you are practicing
in front of the mirror, you should look at your gestures, I mean your body movements,
the way you move your hands, are you flinging them with no purpose? Are you slouching while
speaking? Are your shoulders to stiff and unnatural? Well, you should try to avoid such
body language, because that affects your performance negatively. So be careful of your body language
as well, apart from facial expressions. Don’t just pick up any topic to talk on, yes, that’s
very, very crucial, don’t just pick up any topic. So I remember the time when I froze
on stage and the main reason behind it, was that I have to speak on Social Media, Which
was not the topic close to my heart, because I’m not a person who uses social media regularly
and I had to speak about the negative impact of Social Media on people’s lives and how
it is making people’s life better, and so on and on. I ran out of ideas, I was looking
for words and there was a huge crowd waiting for me to continue, I know that you can resonate
with me here. That was a very nerve wrecking moment for me. So based on my own experience,
I would suggest that you should pick a subject that you really care about. Well I have a
checklist for you that will help you decide whether you want to speak on the topic or
no. So before you decide your topic, ask yourself three questions, the first one is, “does
this subject have an impact on me?” Second should be, “Do I want to share on this topic
with other people?” Third, “Will people really benefit from my knowledge of this topic?”
So these are the three questions that you should answer before you decide to speak on
a topic. So now you have a checklist for making a decision about the topic that you are going
to speak on, because this decision will have a great impact on how your speech goes. It’s
quite simple, if you feel for a topic, you will definitely be in your element, so remember
to choose your topic carefully. So let’s now review the five strategies to overcome
Glossophobia, to begin with you should know that you are not alone, okay? There are other
people who’ve been victim and who are victim to stage fright. Second, you must learn to
relax, breathe in, breathe out ten times before you start speaking, imagine a positive outcome,
after that choose the topic carefully and the fourth tip is practice in front of the
mirror paying careful attention to your facial expressions and also to your body language.
And lastly rehearse your speech in front of someone, and don’t forget to add the magical
pauses that will take your speech to the next level. So thank you so much for staying tuned
with me in this whole session on Skillopedia, the place to learn skills for the real world.

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