Did you know that Glossophobia, commonly known as the fear of public speaking, ranks as the highest in the list of fears, even above the fear of death? This fear can prove to be quite detrimental and have a negative impact on your personal as well as professional life. Sweaty palms, wobbly feet and a heartbeat you feel the world can hear, are all classic expressions of getting nervous while facing a large crowd.
However, you are not alone as even the most seasoned party host in Mumbai is likely to face a similar situation at times, so do not panic. As they say practice makes a man perfect, and through the implementation of tried-and-tested tips, it is possible to overcome the fear of public speaking. We shall discuss how to use and implement in a practical way:
- Get organized: It is easier to have a better control over any given situation and helps you to keep calm and relaxed if you are organized in terms of materials and thoughts. Your speaking anxiety will greatly reduce when you have clear and organized thoughts since you will be focused on only one thing at a time.
- Practice as much as possible: Practice your speech on a regular basis before the event is necessary to help you perform well on the day of the event itself. The more you practice, the better you will become at it, as you can easily iron out the flaws and errors that would have crept in. Do this in front of a few close friends or family members to gain confidence. Tell them to ask questions so you can face the audience well and answer any questions that rise from the audience.
- Concentrate on Patterns: It is important to get into a flow or a rhythm while speaking in front of an audience. Make sure that your sentences are short and crisp and you do not waver from the point as the audience could get distracted due to this. Repeat Key points and take a short, dramatic pause between points to encourage the audience to anticipate what’s coming next.
- Breathe right: It is also important to work on your breathing to get it right during public speaking. By focusing on your breath, you can relax and add more resonance to your voice. You can gradually work up a rhythm and practicing the right breathing helps to reduce stress and gives clarity during your time on the big stage.
- Use the mirror effectively: Talking to the mirror is another effective way of practicing and has worked wonders with Gaston Dsouza, the most successful party anchor in Mumbai. You should make this a practice and act as if you are standing in front of an audience and speaking to people directly. Keep a watch on your body language, facial expressions and gestures. It is necessary to have a calm demeanor while speaking in order to appear welcoming to the audience.
- Focus on the topic, not the audience: If you focus on the audience reactions, you are likely to lose track. Instead focus on your topic and the material at hand and you won’t go wrong.
Do light exercises before the event: It is a great idea to do a few simple body movements to get the blood flowing in the right areas, especially to the brain. If possible take a walk in a nearby outdoor area or give those knees a good bending session. Sit in a place and meditate for a while to get the focus right.