Updated: Aug 6
Approximately 74 percent of the world suffers from speech anxiety and it remains the number one human fear – even higher than fear of death, sickness, heights, or financial problems.
One of the top reasons speakers struggle with public speaking anxiety, also known as stage fright, is self-consciousness in front of large groups and audiences. It is very common for individuals to feel comfortable with small groups, but as the audience increases in size so do negative feelings associated with speaking in front of them.
Some of the most common symptoms of public speaking anxiety are:
Voice shaking, mumbling, and stuttering
Forgetting what you are going to say
Speaking for too long or too short
Profuse sweating or poor body language
These arise from the most common fears around failure during a presentation including:
Hecklers in the audience
An unengaged or bored audience
An audience that misses your point and doesn’t enjoy your presentation
People judge you and/or think you are unqualified
Someone asks a question during the Q&A that you can’t answer
Fear of Public Speaking
While the fear of public speaking is common, it can also impede your career development. Most professions require some form of public speaking and presentation ability. This may come up as leading a meeting, speaking at a conference, accepting an award, or pitching an idea/product to an investor, client, or manager.
When fear or anxiety play a large role in your presentations, they can prevent you from sharing your ideas and expressing your personality. This hinders your ability to speak up in meetings, keeps you from networking, and limits your ability to teach, influence, and motivate.
Successful Presentation Tips
Successful presentations don’t happen by accident. They are the result of planning, practice, and structure. This includes structuring your thoughts, focusing on your performing skills, and re-purposing your nervousness into positive energy.
Our tips for becoming The Skilled Presenter™:
Involve your audience to break barriers
Vary your voice dynamic
Make facts memorable
Lighten up with laughter
Use gestures with purpose
Slow down and plan your presentation using a three-part structure
Speak with clarity, brevity and impact®
The more you present, the less nervous you become.
Engage Your Audience
We help professionals engage their audiences and present with impact whether online or in-person – without the nerves. You have the power to present with poise; it comes down to patience, practice, and proficiency.
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