Think of confidence like a muscle; the more it is utilized, the stronger it becomes. Full transparency, few people actually enjoy public speaking. In fact, studies have found that as many as 75% of people have a fear of public speaking. But why?? Must of us speak every single day—what makes public speaking so damn scary?
We believe it’s not the physical act of speaking in front of a crowd that frightens us so much, but just the fact that we are stepping outside of our comfort zone. But you know what happens when you know something is going to be uncomfortable and you do it anyway? We build confidence. We meet a strength within ourselves that we didn’t even know was there. Compounded over time, the more and more you strengthen this piece of yourself, the more confident you become.
Such an under-rated skill when it comes to business, especially when crafting speeches and delivering presentations! Remember, your speech isn’t about you, at all (although that fact doesn’t make it any less scary). What makes a successful presentation is how involved the audience feels.
As we explain in Public Speaking 101, empathy is super helpful in not only crafting, but presenting your speech. Firstly, you’ll want your content to be entertaining, enjoyable, and educational to your specific audience. On top of that, you the actual delivery of your speech to be well-received. If you plan on making any improvisations while you present, you must have an accurate read on how your audience will respond. Follow your intuition.
This one might seem like a no-brainer. Duh girl, public speaking is LITERALLY communicating. But let’s go a little deeper than that and think about how communication affects the quality of your life. In relationships, communication is key in letting your partner understand your wants and desires. In a professional setting, it is important to successfully communicate with others to complete a project. When you’re traveling to a foreign country, a simple miscommunication can have you travelling in the complete opposite direction on the Champs-Elysees during rush hour.
Basically, by improving all means of communication, we directly improve all means of interactions we have.
Public speaking is an incredible modality to get to know yourself. In Public Speaking 101, we use the phrase, “Unleash your inner motivational speaker and banish your inner critic”. In those moments right before a speech, we are so in our head, it can sometimes feel as though we are floating up to the podium, instead of walking. But what are we telling ourselves in those moments? Are we hyping ourselves up, saying ‘Yo, we got this!” or is your inner critic screaming the loudest, “You’re gonna mess up!”?
The way we do one thing is the way we do all things. Public speaking offers us a unique opportunity to listen to that inner voice, since she’s speaking up much louder than usual. Listen to her. If she’s overly critical, you might find she’s been throwing you off in other areas of your life, as well.
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