Fear of Public Speaking
Fear of Public Speaking
The fear of public speaking is one of the most common fears of all
– most people are even more afraid of speaking in public than they are of dying in a car accident.
If you suffer from the fear of public speaking, though, there are simple ways you can effectively
eliminate your speaking anxiety.
Here are four tips to help you conquer your fear of public speaking:
• Prepare an outline well beforehand.
Being prepared is a major component of public speaking confidence – if you do not have a good idea
about what you are going to say, it will be difficult for you to give an effective speech.
Prepare a detailed outline, and you will eliminate the fear that you will not know what to say – a critical step in
the process of elimating your fear of public speaking.
If a formal outline does not work for you, you can write down your topics and subtopics on index
cards – just take care to make sure that your cards stay in order, so you can use them to jog your memory while you
are giving your speech.
• Rehearse your speech in front of a mirror.
It is much easier to remain relaxed when you are practicing alone, so you will be able to rehearse
your speech with confidence.
Since you will actually be able to see yourself successfully delivering your speech, this will give
your mind a powerful anchor when you get behind the posium – you will be able to visualize all of the times you
delivered your speech in front of the mirror, and you will be able to adopt the same relaxed attitude when speaking
in front of your audience.
• Use a familiar object as a mental anchor.
When you practice your speech, keep a familiar object in front of you. This object does not have to
have anything to do with the content of your speech – a favorite figurine, a piece of jewelry, or even an orange
will do. The point of this is to use this object as a means of recalling the sense of calmness with which you
rehearsed your speech at home.
When it is time to give your speech in front of your audience, bring the object with you, and set
it on the podium. You will naturally feel more relaxed, and the process of delivering your speech will seem much
• Interact with your audience.
Speaking “at” audience members can seem quite frightening, but when you ask them questions and
invite them to participate, the process feels less like a speech and more like a discussion. Interaction also keeps
audience members interested in your content, so they will respond to you more favorably. When you know that your
audience wants to hear what you have to say, your fear will quickly disappear.
There is no need to be afraid of giving a speech – once you have mastered the techniques to rid
yourself of the fear of public speaking, you will be able to speak in front of others confidently and