Published On: 25 Jan 2019
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From sweaty palms to cracking voices, shivering legs to nervousness; public speaking can be terrifying yet it is the crucial part of our life. The fear of public speaking can destroy careers landing the person on the island of problems. So, this fear has to be eradicated within the people. It's not the stress of picking up a thing and memorizing it. But it's the fact of speaking in front of people.
According to an article in the Boston Globe, public speaking is the number one fear of Americans. Three out of every four people suffer from speech anxiety, that's 75%. It's been proven that women are equally affected as men. But men take more measures to cure it. There can be several ways of dealing with stage fright.
Public speaking is an art and like every other art, it has to be practiced both orally and in theory. One can never learn to swim without going in the water and similarly, one can never learn to speak in public without speaking. In both the cases, one has to learn by practices and no amount of theory without practice will of any avail.
A speech should always be carefully prepared beforehand. Preparation includes collection, selection, and arrangement. First, collect materials for the speech-ideas, arguments, facts, illustrations bearing on the subject. Jot these down as they come to mind. Then select the most appropriate, rejecting the rest. Then assemble and arrange the points in a particular order. But then memorizing the whole speech by heart is a grave mistake. It turns the speech into mere recitation. One cannot expect to cram complete speech and speak it efficiently in front of people.
Suppose a person has memorized the speech then there occurs a danger of getting collapsed. If the verbal memory fails, then the speaker is lost. He may break in the middle of the speech. So, memorizing the speech is never recommended. Just the order of the points in which the speech is arranged has to be kept in mind. The words will flow out of the mouth automatically.
The voice of the speaker should be cautious about. The speaker should not be too low as their voice may get drowned by the noises in the surroundings. On the other side, the speaker should not be too high as well. The speed of the words must be taken care of; neither too fast nor too slow. In all, the speaker should speak unambiguously and confidently facing the audience and talking with them directly. The audience feels more connected when there is an eye to eye connection the audience with the speaker.
A person can enhance his skill of public speaking on the gradual and continuous effort. It is an endless process and there's always more you can add to it. To all the people suffering from glossophobia there only one thing I would say-"All the good speakers were bad speakers first". So, get up and give it a try.
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