People often feel scared and frightened to go on a stage while they are about to give a speech. They might have the knowledge and resources, however, it all depends on the way they deliver the speech. This is commonly known as Glossophobia which is derived from the Greek, Glossa meaning the tongue and phobia meaning fear or dread. If you are one of them, you will notice certain signs that will indicate this phobia. People have this feeling especially when they are first-time speakers.
In this modern age, it has become extremely important to overcome this fear. Some of the signs that will be seen include nausea, dry mouth, sleep loss, headache, dilated pupils, acute hearing, sweaty hands, shortness of breath, increased heart rate, perspiration, and oxygen intake to name a few. Through this blog post, I, Dave Crane will give you certain reasons that project this fear
You don’t choose to present to groups of people
In most cases, you don’t choose to present yourself in front of a group of people. In fact, you are left with no choice but to share your views and knowledge with the people around you. In the initial stages, you will be having a few cue cards that will help you in guiding and forming an informative speech. This will be seen as you fumble around to pick the right card as the people are waiting to hear from you.
If you have some experience in public speaking, for instance when you are giving a wedding toast or while accepting an award in your company, you will be lost on what to say and how to form your speech. The most basic thing that could be done to deliver a good speech would be to research on the topic and form a couple of pointers that will help in developing a good speech. This can be very helpful especially when you are about to give a motivational speech to your colleagues or employees.
Speaking in public does not come naturally
Most people do not want to be the center of attention, even if it is delivering a small speech in front of your friends. This is because you might always wonder if you are making a fool out of yourself or if people will even be able to connect to your talk. On the other hand, if you are volunteering to do a stand-up comedy, then it is a little more complex as you need to boost yourself with immense self-confidence, a lot of motivation, and work on your timing. Even if you are not well-versed in the area of humor, as long as your topic is unique, new, actionable, and connectable, you are certainly on the right track.
Prepare, practice, and always keep it audience-focused
If you are going to give a speech that is perhaps not everyone’s interest, try making it simple and understandable. Always try to connect with your audience. This can be done only if you know who your audience is. This is where groundwork comes into play. Before you sit down to write your speech, try understanding your target audience and put yourself in their shoes. This way, you can narrow down your information and slowly started developing your speech. Once formatted, practice it as much as you can, however, do not make it look like you have by-hearted the speech. Let the information flow and try adding a few lines that will grab the attention of your audience.
At Dave Crane, I can help you get rid of the fear and become an expert in public speaking. For more information on self-nurturing classes, book an appointment with me as you make public speaking a core strength.