|Fighting the Fear|
But it doesn't have to and it really shouldn't. If you want to be better than you are, or go higher in your career than you think you can, the art of the talk is a good way to get there. And if speaking doesn't come easy, I've got a few things that might help. The goal here is that you'll die for the opportunity.
* First of all.... understand that "anxiety" is the norm. It's there and you can't do anything about it. So embrace it as real and use it to your advantage. There isn't an NBA player who doesn't get nervous about the late game free-throw that could decide the game. Butterflies are real for everyone. And as someone once told me... the key is to make them fly in formation.
|Who's Out There?|
* Understand your fears and learn to accept them. First is the fear of the unknown... as in your audience, the room you're speaking in, or the goals of the audience and what they expect from you. Second is the fear of embarrassment or forgetting the material you are speaking about. Deal with this by rehearsing the talk, but having fallback material in case of a misstep or a talker's "power outage." And third, is the unanticipated questions. For some, fear comes from the pressure to produce the right answer. The key is to answer the obvious questions before they come by having a thorough presentation that covers them.... and anticipate the others you could get but might not.
* Practice... and then practice some more. It never hurts to create a mock stage and visualize the audience in front of you. All you need is a room and some time to gain the needed confidence.
There isn't a person alive who doesn't get the heart racing before a speaking engagement. It's normal so keep that in mind. And one more thing.... remember that everyone in front of you WANTS to see you succeed. There is nothing more uncomfortable than being in an audience and watching someone fail in front of them.
So whether you're delivering a toast, an important business presentation or a formal talk..... it's all great experience on the way to becoming even better. There is no such thing as a bad speaking opportunity. And those who work to be better... find themselves with plenty more. I'd love to hear your "speaking stories"... and how this might relate to you. Comment below and thanks for reading.
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