【Public Speaking】Feeling nervous and anxious when giving a speech? Find out how to master techniques for gaining confidence and reducing nervousness and insecurities while speaking!
Feeling nervous and anxious before a presentation is a very common challenge for many people. We always feel that something will go wrong when we give a speech. However, there are a few techniques we can use to overcome our insecurities through effective preparation and mastering techniques that will allow us to appear more poised and confident in public. If we want to reduce nervousness, we must first understand the four reasons for nervousness when speaking, and think about how to adapt to these situations to reduce anxiety when speaking.
First Reason we feel Anxious, Nervous, or Insecure:
Sometimes we would doubt ourselves, thinking that we are not well-prepared, not authoritative, and even question whether we are suitable for speaking. Such thoughts will reduce our self-confidence. However, if we need to give a speech, we need to ask ourselves: What value can we bring to the audience? We need to reflect and understand the purposes and goals of this speech. Also, instead of denying ourselves, we should adjust our mentality to make sure we understand that the speech is meaningful to me and the audience. Giving a public speech should not be a stress, but an opportunity to boost our confidence.
How to reduce anxiety, nervousness, or a sense of insecure caused by self-doubt:
We need to understand that the anxiety and nervousness that is caused by self-doubt mainly attribute to the lack of understanding about the purpose of our speech, so we might as well ask ourselves the following questions to understand more.
1. What information can we provide that will benefit the audience?
2. Why are we the chosen person to give a speech? What unique perspective or experience do we have?
3. What is the opportunity for me to learn and grow from this speech personally?
Lack of confidence, the second reason for our anxiety and insecurities:
Sometimes, we are not sure about the audience's expectations and needs, we are not even sure about their familiarity and attitudes to the subject of the speech. It makes us worried. Therefore, understanding the level of knowledge and needs of the audience is the key to determining the success of the speech. To do this, we need to spend more time getting to know the audience, and we can communicate with colleagues and friends who are responsible for organizing the event to ensure that the speech can really bring meaning to the audience. In addition to understanding the audience's needs, we should also pay attention to their background. In the same venue, the background of the audience could be different, and we need to prepare content that ensure that each audience can get the information they need. Therefore, we need to collect sufficient information about the audience, prepare questionnaires and interact with the audience to understand their needs and expectations.
How to reduce the anxiety and the sense of insecure caused by the audience:
1. What do most audience expect to know from our presentation?
2. What unique knowledge or insight do we have to offer the audience?
3. Am we able to answer questions the audience may have?