Does public speaking scare you?
Public speaking is often regarded as one of the biggest fears we have. The whole idea of being on a stage with all eyes staring at you, is extremely daunting. Almost everyone wants to run away from that moment. Do you feel this too? Do you get sweaty palms, nervousness in your body, dry throat? There are only 2 kinds of speakers, one is nervous and the other is lying. We all get nervous. After doing public speaking for over 12 years, each time I have to be on a stage, I am nervous. Here are some truths and myths about public speaking that I learned in these years.
-There is no substitute for preparation. The more you prepare the better you get.
-There isn’t a magic pill that will make you master public speaking. You can read books, watch videos, but unless you put yourself infront of an audience, you will not know.
-You will still get nervous after years of practice. This is a good sign, this means you care about the content and the impact you want to create. If you aren’t nervous that means you don’t care enough about the topic.
– “I like to be spontaneous” is the biggest trap in public speaking. When you prepare a speech well it looks prepared, but when you prepare very well it looks like you are speaking from the heart and spontaneously. But the truth is it is the next level of preparation to look spontaneous although you have prepared a lot.
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