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5 Methods to Avoid the Emotions of Public Speaking

by Andrew Meyers 6 days ago in success

Do you like speaking in public?

5 Methods to Avoid the Emotions of Public Speaking
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Speaking in public is an excellent way to position yourself as an expert in your field. And, as I said in previous articles, people love to buy from experts. It is also a useful way to promote the business you run.

However, from the point of view of the image (the main objective of the public relations activity), a failure in a public presentation should be avoided.

Many causes can lead to failure in a public presentation, but the most common is the extremely high emotions. The solution I hear most often is to "turn negative emotions into positive, energy-generating emotions."

Theoretically, it sounds great, practically, it's more complicated.

Therefore, I have proposed that in this article I present 5 methods by which you can avoid emotions when speaking in public.

1. Face your fear

The first thing you need to do to solve a problem, regardless of its nature, is to become aware of it. Ignoring the problem will only complicate the situation, there is a risk that the fear of public speaking will appear in the most delicate moments. If you are brave enough and honest enough with yourself, you will be able to overcome the fear of public speaking much more easily.

How can you apply?

  • Before you leave home, look in the mirror and say 3 times: I have emotions to speak in public
  • Repeat this phrase to someone you know
  • Identify a song that lifts your mood and listen to it in the car until you reach the event
  • Exhale and inhale 3 times

2. Learn your speech

You can't even imagine what peace will be in your soul when you are in control of what you have to say. Confidence in yourself will increase considerably. But try not to "memorize" the speech word for word because there is a risk of forgetting it.

The most suitable solution is offered by Paul Ardeleanu, the well-known Public Speaking Coach: "DO NOT learn the speech word for word, but internalize it." The people who seem extremely calm and self-controlled on stage are the ones who have internalized the speech and who have repeated it over and over again.

How can you apply?

  • Create a speech plan that contains the main ideas
  • Repeat the speech at least 5 times
  • Repeat the speech in front of the mirror at least 2 times
  • Repeat the speech in front of family and friends at least 3 times

3. Realize that it's not about you, it's about them

The first thing you need to understand when proposing a public presentation is that it is not about you, it is about your audience. And your audience will be extremely attentive not to you personally, but to what you say, to the (quality) content you deliver.

The success of your next presentation depends solely on the content you deliver. Without quality content, you can apply 1000 public speaking techniques … the presentation will still be poor.

How can you apply?

  • Ask the organizer what the general profile of the audience is
  • Choose a topic that is of common interest to the majority profile

Ask yourself 3 questions: Who are you talking to? What is their need regarding the topic you are going to talk about? What are the expectations of the audience regarding the event you will be talking about?

4. Interact with the audience

The fear of the public will miraculously disappear when you interact with the audience, before the presentation. Suddenly, you will feel more confident, more relaxed, and more confident.

Also, the audience will relax, which you will feel on your skin when you start the presentation. This is also the ingredient of a successful presentation: a prepared, relaxed speaker and a relaxed audience eager to learn.

How can you apply?

  • Walk around the room 5 minutes before the presentation
  • Interact with 10 people before the presentation and thank them for participating
  • After you have completed the first 2 steps, step back into a corner and stand-alone for 10 minutes.

5. Ask yourself what is the worst thing that can happen

It's funny how a simple question can change the perception of a problem or a moment. And it certainly applies here as well. If your hands shake or you hit the bar or you panic what will happen?

First of all, there is little chance of these things happening if you apply the above techniques; everything is in your mind. What if it happens? What will you do? You will get up from the ground, wipe yourself from the dust and continue, stronger. Failure is part of life and business.


Andrew Meyers

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