Did you know that the number one fear in American is public speaking? Following it closely in second place is the fear of death. In other words, more people in the United States would rather die than give a speech in front of an audience. This is when you know that the fear of public speaking is becoming an epidemic in America.
What most people do not know is that public speaking may be one of the easiest and simple tasks a person can perform and improve upon. With a little practice and a few guidelines, anyone can become a great public speaker. At the very least, it is possible to overcome your fear of public speaking.
One of the most important things to remember while giving a speech is to remain calm. Too many people let their fear get the best of them and that is when disaster strikes. Relax, control your fear, and you will soon find that you are the public speaker that you always dreamed of becoming.
Another issue occurs when the speaker fumbles over his or her words or loses his or her train of thought. This completely overwhelms many people, which usually results in them becoming even more nervous than they were before and thus, again, disaster strikes. Often times, in an attempt to win the audience over again, the speaker will apologize.
This is an absolute mistake in public speaking. The speaker should never apologize. The audience probably did not even notice that you made a mistake. And you do not want to bring attention to your mistakes by blatantly pointing them out and apologizing. If you do fumble during a speech, simply pause to regain your thoughts, take a deep breath, and go forward from there.
Another step to becoming a successful public speaker is through practice and experience. The better that you know your material before a public speech, the more confident you will feel. It is also very important during a formal speech to wear appropriate attire. Whether you are promoting an important idea for your business or you are simply giving a speech in front of your high school class, always look appropriate.
Perhaps the most important key to being a successful public speaker is to remain confident. Know that the audience is not against you. In fact, they are on your side! They want you to succeed. With these little bits of advice and some practice, you will be on your way to being a fantastic public speaker in no time! Best of all, you will have conquered a fear that most Americans never overcome. That in itself is an accomplishment of which you can be proud.