Do you break out in a cold sweat or even feel butterflies when you think about standing in public for a presentation or an interview? Let me tell you something. You are not alone! Fear of speaking in public is estimated to affect 75 percent of adults. Yes, that’s right… 75 percent and some studies suggest that public speaking surpasses the fear of death.
We perceive stress in many forms, rethinking it may actually improve our physical and mental performance. It is sometimes easier to give in to our fears, but much more can be accomplished in life and we’ll feel a greater sense of pride when we work on conquering our fears by facing them.
Many times, with just a little bit of an effort, people gain the strength to conquer these fears. For others, it may take a lot more work, practice and some tips or tools for masking these mental pressures.
But what are the ingredients of confident public speaking? How can you become a fearless public speaker? The recipe for how to become a fearless public speaker involves a careful mix of passion for your message plus a large sprinkling of authenticity.
Most public speakers stress and struggle about trying to “seem confident” and “look fearless”, irrespective of how they’re feeling inside. They often fall into the trap of pushing nerves away to show the audience a plastic sheen of confident public speaking. But so long as you’re pushing away your fears and nerves, you’re acting, rather than connecting with your audience.
Truly powerful public speaking starts not with 100% confident public speaking, but with talking from the heart.
Audiences are enthralled by delicious, humble, genuine, and emotional public speaking experiences, so if you really want to move your audience, that’s where you need to live as a speaker.
What is the recipe for confident, fearlessness public speaking?
Being fearless is not about a lack of fear. It’s about taking that fear and transforming it into excitement and energy around your message. It’s like fire. We can both look at the fire and say “oh, that might burn something, I have to put it out…” in which case we end up with a sad pile of cinders. Or we can stick a barbecue on top of the fire and turn it into something useful for ourselves and our friends.
In a similar way, your fire as a speaker could be used in the right way to inspire your audience. From here you find deeply confident public speaking, rather than the superficial confidence that comes with ‘managing’ your nerves.
In the end, public speaking is all about finding your truth and speaking it in a way that inspires and motives others.
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