How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking: 3 Proven Techniques

One easy way to become worth 50 percent more than you are now at least is to hone your communication skills.

Cris Ison
15 May

Warren Buffett once said, “Invest in yourself. One easy way to become worth 50 percent more than you are now at least is to hone your communication skills. If you can't communicate, it's like winking at a girl in the dark: Nothing happens.”

Studies have shown that fear of public speaking is the top #1 fear, while fear of death is top #2. Imagine that!

In reality, fear isn’t totally bad. Fear exists for us to have the sense of survival. If we got no fear of height, imagine people jumping from the rooftop of the building. We need fear in life to survive. The wrong thing to do is for fear to control us.

 

  • If you are a shy type of person
  • If you are an introvert
  • If you experience to forget what you are about to say because you are so nervous to speak on stage

 

Then, this article is especially made for you. In here, I’m going to reveal to you the 3 proven but simple techniques that you can apply even after reading this! By reading this, you can control fear instead of fear controlling you. Make sure that you give attention in every point for each of them got individual importance.

 

PHYSIOLOGY

Experts conducted a study that our physiology affects our emotions. For example, try to smile right now. While smiling think sad memories. Do you notice that it is hard to think sad memories when you are smiling? It is the same with speaking. Did you notice someone who is slouching, who’s back is drooping forward? What would you think about him? He must be lazy, sad or unconfident, right? But if you see somebody who’s shoulder is straighten up, what would you think? Imagine a soldier how he stand. He must be confident and with authority, right?

 

So, whenever you speak in public, stand up straight with your shoulder. In that way, you will look confident and with authority like a soldier.

 

TONE OF VOICE

When we speak while lying on the bed, we speak automatically directly from the diaphragm. Speaking from the diaphragm gives us the power to speak louder. Ask me why? It is because our inner body receives enough air and when we release it out by speaking, our voice is louder. When our voice is louder it has power. When you speak louder, your audience will think that you are confident.

 

To practice speaking from the diaphragm, it is advisable that you will have a proper breathing exercise before every speech. You may do 30 reps of breathing exercise. Start from inhaling deeply from the nose, and then release it with power through your mouth like blowing a balloon. One inhale and one exhale would be one rep.

 

EMPATHY

This is what is amazing about the psychology of the athletes. When the experts studied why some athletes lose is because these athletes focus on what they can get instead of what they can give. It can be reputation or money. However, those winners focus on what they can give to their audience. It can be how they can inspire the youth or provide for their family’s financial needs.

 

A perfect example is the world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao. Everytime he has a fight, he dedicate it to his country. That is why whenever he wins, his fellow Filipinos feel that they also win.   

 

I hope this article helps you, and if you want to know more how to speak in public to influence other people even if you are shy, feel free to message meIf you want to be more successful in life, check out my other article, 1 SECRET OF SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE.

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Cris Ison

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