One of the worst experiences is self-dissatisfaction when you’re unable to express your thoughts, ideas, and values to other people. In an increasingly competitive environment, the inability to communicate results in being overlooked, or worse, ignored.
Poor speaking abilities might give the impression that you lack competence even if you meet the requirements.
What is there to fear?
Most fear is unwarranted, except in instances of a diagnosed disease. Speaking is not something we dread per se; rather, it’s the associations we have with it. Changing one’s mentality is necessary for overcoming the fear of public speaking and, in general, most fears.
1. Change how you see yourself
The stage is not the place where you’ll be castigated. Start seeing it as the place where you express value in the form of wisdom, knowledge, ideas, and even entertainment. Understand that you are a facilitator. By combining different skills, you facilitate the creation of meaning between you and your audience. As a speaker, you’re also a leader. By giving a speech, you are shaping the thoughts, emotions, and viewpoints of your audience to accomplish a certain objective.
2. Change how you see your message
The best message has a harmony between the speaker, the subject, and the audience. Your message needs a clear objective and an appealing structure that retains your listeners’ attention. Your message should be important enough to warrant the time and attention of your listeners. Let your goal direct the words you choose to use and the appealing language you use while developing and delivering your messages.
3. Change how you see your audience
Every gathered audience has a desire or a need. Do your best to learn as much as you can about your audience. Find out how they feel about your topic, the occasion, and you as a speaker. Instead of concentrating on how an audience perceives you, pay attention to how they are receiving your message. See your listeners as message senders and adapt to their responses directly. Emphasize the commonalities between you and your audience to broaden the area of agreement and to help you achieve your speech’s goal.
Overcoming your fear of public speaking will generally take time. Also, you’ll never overcome your fears completely, and you’ll experience them on varied scales depending on the circumstances. The few pointers laid out should equip you with the understanding that dealing with fear means dealing with the current mindset. As your knowledge and experience increase, you will become better at controlling your fear so that it no longer prevents you from performing at your best.