As a student you will always be in a position where you need to speak in public, such as doing presentations, debating, attending a conference, explaining something at a public fair, etc. Speaking in front of so many people would be a life threatening but mastering this skill can be an outstanding investment of yourself for your future career.
According to the National Social Anxiety Center, 73% of the population in the world are having the anxiety of speaking in public. If you are one of them, you are landing in the right place, because in this article I tell you some tricks to boost your confidence and overcome your fear of speaking in public :
1. Understanding your topic
Before you deliver your speech to the audience, you need to understand your topic inside and outside. Do deep research in order to help you to be more confident when you deliver your speech.
2. Know Your Audience
The most important thing before you deliver your speech is knowing your audience. Build a connection with your audience and find what they may want to hear. The more you can relate it to their own experiences, the better -and the more positively you’re likely to be received.
3. Speak Clearly
Some students might speak really fast because they are nervous. Do an inhale-exhale before you go to the stage and when you start to speak, try to control your articulation and slow down your pace. Avoid saying ‘um’ and ‘like’ very often because it will decrease the message of your speech.
4. Make Eye Contact
This one is also very important. Making eye contact while delivering a speech or speaking in public is a must. Make your audience feel like you are speaking directly to them. Don’t just stick to the people in the 1st or 2nd row, look at the people in the back too. If you are too nervous to look them in the eye, you may also try looking at an object just beyond the people in the audience.
5. Pay Attention To Your Gesture
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Communication is more than just about speaking but it also needs a gesture and body language. The words indeed matter but to emphasise it, you need to communicate with movement and body language.
6. Insert Humor
Whatever your topic is, there is always a place for emotion or humor or both. Inject some funny anecdotes to grab your audience’s attention. The audience might not remember what you have said in the speech, but they will remember how you made them feel.
7. Practice Makes Perfect
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To decrease your nervousness, practicing is the key. You can practice in front of the mirror, videotape yourself when you speak and ask your friend to watch your performance to get some critiques or advice to improve your performance.
To become a great public speaker may need extra effort and time which is why practice oftenly is the only solution. To improve your public speaking skills, you can participate yourself by joining some self-development events such as joining conferences, be a delegate of Model United nations, Volunteering, etc. Through those activities your public speaking will be well improved.