How To Be Confident In Public Speeches

April 7, 2007 6:07am CST
Many people feel uneasy or even trembly when they speak in public. I did have such experiences. I tried to make myself calm down, but it didn't work. My mind was suddenly blank when I gave speeches to the public. How can people be confident and calm in public speeches? Are there some effective ways to overcome stage fright?
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@simran1430 (1793)
• India
12 Apr 07
The number one thing to master is 'state control'. That is, being in control of your emotions - having just enough adrenaline to stop you sounding boring and flat and relaxed enough to enjoy it! If you enjoy what you are saying, your audience will.Many people are unaware that fear and excitement come through the same neural pathway in the brain, it's only your perception, you the interpreter, that chooses if it's hell and fearful or fun and exciting. You have a choice! So how do you gain control of your state? Firstly, prepare, know your speech, even if written down. The first and last thing you say will be the most remembered so craft those with care. Try and 'hook' your audience in right at the start with something dramatic or humorous. People are so busy worrying about being 'judged' giving all their attention to it and escalating their nervousness, that they can't possibly concentrate on the job in hand. So get your attention on what and how you are saying something. Choose to be relaxed and enjoy the experience. No one likes to see someone who is terrified and uncomfortable because they feel for you, it makes them uncomfortable. Remember people want you to be having a nice time.
@lbbaby (489)
• China
8 Apr 07
That is a big problem for me. I seldom speak in public and when I am in that situation , my mind goes blank and I don't know what I should say. I think the effective way is to practise. Try to speak in public and after few times you will accommodate that situation. I'm trying.
• China
7 Apr 07
Stage fright may be a very common problem for almost everyone .How to solve this problem? In my opinion ,if you prepare your speech well ,you will be confident and can speak freely.CONFIDENT can solve everything.So it is also important to improve yourself from all kinds of knowledge and train yourself step by step.
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
7 Apr 07
I think that overcoming stage fright comes with time... I have a big stage fright too, but every time I do a speech I can feel a difference - all you need is personal experience, or even a tip that ''no one is watching you'' :)