how can you overcome nerve at public speeching?

January 19, 2010 5:39am CST
How can we overcome nerve at public speeching, although it's a commonplace topic,but i do think it is a worthy discussing topic,It's a pity that i often feel nerve at the beginning of the address,I try a lot ,but still cann't totally overcome it,the following is the measures i have taken: 1.get enough prepared before presenting sth 2.take a deep breath from your seat to the platform and slow your tone as you can 3.tranform sth to the topic that you are good at it 4.learn not care about what your audient may think ,just do sth you should do What do you do to combat the nerve ? DO you have some serect tips ?
3 responses
@shalome (178)
• India
19 Jan 10
rookiekan, It seems like most people have fear of public speaking. If you mentally know there is nothing to be afraid of, you can't just decide to get over a fear of public speaking. One technique that can help you deal with your fear of public speaking is to visualize yourself on stage in front of your closest friends and family. Picture everyday detail, down to what you are wearing, where you are standing, and the words you saying. Are you holding a microphone or using a laser pen? Imagine what your friends and family will look like and how they will react your speech. Picture a standing ovation when you finish! Other similar techniques that can help you conquer your fear of public speaking include biofeedback and deep breathing. Once you have delivered a few successful speeches, you will have enough cofidence to feel less miserable before a speech. All the best.
• Philippines
19 Jan 10
hi! back when i was new at public speaking... i'd get nervous a lot. during my training to become a trainor, we were asked to practice a lot in preparation for speeches, debates and presentations. being prepared is a must. study the material. know and understand your topic very well. practice with someone or in front of the mirror. then practice with small audience so you'll get ready for a bigger audience. practice will keep you at ease. wear comfortable clothes suitable for the occasion. image is also necessary to be taken seriously. when doing speeches, connect with people. look at a friendly or familiar face. smile and enjoy. don't read your speech. if needed, just glance at an outline. have a clear and modulated voice. create an interesting opening, and strong closing for your speech. believe in what you are saying so you can convey the right message to your audience.
@megamatt (14329)
• United States
19 Jan 10
Just start talking when you get up there. If you keep talking, then there will be no time to get nervous. I will be honest, I have had my share of public speaking experiences and horrors. Times where I have gotten so nervous that I have to step back. The anticipation is always worse than the actual speech. Get up there and talk and keep talking. It will be over before you know it.