You have always had a fear of speaking in front of people, which was made worse when public speaking was a mandatory class in college. However, other than a few high school and college courses, there are reasons why you would need to, one day, speak in front of large groups, such as continuing education at realtor school or other trade schools. Read on to learn how you can build your confidence for speaking to crowds.
Practice in the Mirror
Pretend that you are the speaker and your reflection is the audience. Practice what you would say, whether it be a freestyle speech or reading notecards. Practice your smile, your facial expressions, your tone, and your passion. When you are happy with how you sound to yourself, then you can move on to practicing in front of others.
Articulate Your Words in Private
Articulation is a HUGE importance in public speaking. You have to enunciate your words and keep track of your syllables without mumbling or throwing around too much modern lingo. If you have an accent, it should be controlled, as your words should be understandable, concise, and clear. It would be a good idea to read out loud from a book of rhymes to gain better control over your articulation.
Practice in Front of Friends and Loved Ones
Friends and loved ones should be the go-to people you can trust to give you an honest opinion. So, practice in front of them when you feel that you have mastered your articulation and mirror sessions. Treat them as you would a real audience. Then ask for their critiques, opinions, and advice after your presentation.
Look Your Best
Public speaking is all about presentation of you and your content. Which means you should look your best, so dress up a little. When you feel good about the way you look, that is one less thing to worry about when you are speaking in front of a crowd. If you have to wear a suit, have it tailored to your shape and specifications. Public speaking engagements is one instance where you do not want to look unpolished or frumpy. Your professionalism begins with a professional appearance.
Smile with Warmth and Authenticity
Warm smiles are like warm welcomes—authentic and appreciated. When you project warmth and authenticity in your speeches, the audience will return that mood in kind. So, keep your tones positive, your eyes clear and pleasant, and your smile at the ready.
Public speaking is one of the top-ranked phobias—right there with clowns, heights, and spiders. But you can overcome this fear easily, with time, effort, and a dose of the aforementioned techniques.