Overcoming Your Fear Of Public Speaking - Tiziana M. - ebook
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Speaking in public can be a great source of anxiety for many people. However, it doesn’t have to be. People have been practicing this art for centuries and it has become an integral part of our interactions today.Some approach public speaking like a type of internal thrill ride while others are choked silent at the very thought of giving a speech. Overcoming the fear of speaking in public is a subject of great interest to many. This activity is rated among the most frightening events in a person’s life. Some have gone as far as rating the fear of public speaking higher than the fear of death.Many people are able to overcome their fear of speaking in front of an audience in spite of its seemingly overwhelming nature. The process begins with a strong understanding of how public speaking functions.This text focuses on defining public speaking in a way that can help you get a handle on your fears. It is also designed to help you create strategies that will give you the means to create an effective oral presentation whether you are directing a video conference or giving a toast during a special occasion.

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Table of Contents

Title Page

Chapter 1

 

 

 

 

Overcoming Your Fear of Public Speaking

TABLE OF CONTENTS

TABLE OF CONTENTS .................................................. 2

INTRODUCTION .......................................................... 4

1 PUBLIC SPEAKING .................................................. 5

FIVE ELEMENTS OF SPEAKING IN PUBLIC .............................. 5

BRIEF HISTORY OF PUBLIC SPEAKING .................................. 6

PUBLIC SPEAKING TODAY ..................................................... 6

OCCASIONS AND EVENTS ....................................................... 7

2 FEARS AND PHOBIAS............................................... 8

FEAR ...................................................................................... 8

PHOBIA .................................................................................. 9

THREE TYPES OF PHOBIAS ...................................................... 9

GLOSSOPHOBIA .................................................................... 10

3 ROOT CAUSES OF PUBLIC SPEAKING FEARS .......... 12

HARDWIRED FEARS ............................................................. 12

LEARNED FEARS ................................................................... 13

PUBLIC SPEAKING FEARS .................................................... 13

EMPATHY AND ASSOCIATION ................................................. 14

GRADUAL BUILDING .............................................................. 14

4 UNLEARNING YOUR FEAR ...................................... 15

LEARNED FEARS CAN BE UNLEARNED .................................. 15

MIND OVER MATTER ............................................................ 16

RETRAINING YOUR RESPONSES .......................................... 17

FEAR EXTINCTION AND DESENSITIZING .................................. 17

5 ALL ABOUT THE AUDIENCE .................................... 18

THE AUDIENCE WANTS YOU TO SUCCEED ............................ 18

MEETING EXPECTATIONS ..................................................... 19

INSPIRATION ........................................................................ 19

RELINQUISHING CONTROL .................................................. 20

CREATING AN APPROACH .................................................... 20

6 TIPS TO REMEMBER ............................................... 21

LETTING GO OF STRESS ....................................................... 21

NERVOUS ENERGY ................................................................ 21

KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS .................................................. 22

DO NOT OVER-PREPARE ....................................................... 23

7 PUBLIC SPEAKING TECHNIQUES THAT WORK ....... 24

HUMOR ................................................................................ 24

CREATING A WIN-WIN SITUATION ...................................... 24

SILENT MOMENTS ................................................................. 25

MISTAKES ............................................................................ 25

HUMILITY ............................................................................. 25

SPEAKING WITH PURPOSE .................................................. 26

KEY POINTS.......................................................................... 26

BREVITY............................................................................... 27

SELF PERCEPTION ................................................................ 27

8 HELP AND SUPPORT .............................................. 28

FRIENDS AND FAMILY ......................................................... 28

PUBLIC SPEAKING CLASSES ................................................ 29

HYPNOSIS ............................................................................ 29

TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL ........................................ 29

9 PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER ................................... 31

FEARS AND PHOBIAS ........................................................... 31

ESTABLISHING YOUR PERSONAL STATE ................................... 32

EVALUATING YOUR NEEDS ..................................................... 32

A UNIVERSAL PROBLEM ....................................................... 32

NATURAL RESPONSES ........................................................... 32

THE AUDIENCE IS ON YOUR SIDE ........................................... 33

CONCLUSION ............................................................ 34

PRACTICAL APPLICATION .................................................... 34

USING YOUR KNOWLEDGE ................................................... 34

USING YOUR RESOURCES .................................................... 35

TAKING STEPS TO OVERCOME YOUR FEAR ........................... 35

THOUGHTFUL PRACTICE ........................................................ 36

RELAXATION TECHNIQUES ..................................................... 36

BECOMING FAMILIAR WITH THE PROCESS ............................... 36

INTRODUCTION

Spoken language is a fundamental element of human relationships. The ability to use words effectively can help you achieve great things in life. Oral presentations are the cornerstone of human interaction on a large scale and they also have a profound effect on intimate interactions as well.

Speaking in public can be a great source of anxiety for many people. However, it doesn’t have to be. People have been practicing this art for centuries and it has become an integral part of our interactions today.

Some approach public speaking like a type of internal thrill ride while others are choked silent at the very thought of giving a speech. Overcoming the fear of speaking in public is a subject of great interest to many. This activity is rated among the most frightening events in a person’s life. Some have gone as far as rating the fear of public speaking higher than the fear of death.

Many people are able to overcome their fear of speaking in front of an audience in spite of its seemingly overwhelming nature. The process begins with a strong understanding of how public speaking functions.

This text focuses on defining public speaking in a way that can help you get a handle on your fears. It is also designed to help you create strategies that will give you the means to create an effective oral presentation whether you are directing a video conference or giving a toast during a special occasion.

1 PUBLIC SPEAKING

Public speaking is simply the act of talking in front of a group of people. The group can be quite small or impressively large. In either case, many individuals find the process to be overwhelming.

Speaking in public is an art. Effective presentations require clear delivery that includes proper inflection, pauses and emphasis. Some people seem to have the knack for oral presentation while others struggle with this type of activity.

Natural talent does help. However, effective public speaking can be achieved with research and diligent practice. The art of oral presentation is one that can be mastered with the right methods and persistence.

This form of communication is also a science. An oral presentation is most effective when it is well structured and purposeful. Those who take a scientific approach that involves a methodical system can do as well as ones who are accidentally talented.

Oral presentations serve a number of purposes. They can entertain. They can be used to influence others and they can simply be informative. The purpose of the talk will have great bearing on how the speaker will organize his thoughts, information and emotive components.

 

FIVE ELEMENTS OF SPEAKING IN PUBLIC

It is said that people wear different masks for different occasions. We change our mannerisms in various environments. When speaking in public, there are some considerations that need to be made in order to plan the presentation well.

The first element of public speaking is the person delivering the lecture. The speaker should carefully consider how he wants to be perceived by the audience. The beauty of this type of venture is that you can create a persona that suits your presentation.

The second element is the message. It is important to consider the information you are presenting. The content is of immense value for any oral

presentation. Well organized subject matter is an integral part of a successful public speaking event.

The method is the third element to consider. Where will the speech be delivered? What prompt will be used? Will there be visual and sound aids? Is the presentation in a formal setting, a conference room or a casual setting?

The final element concerns the purpose of the presentation. Is it designed to inform? Is there an entertainment value to the piece? Is the presentation supposed to motivate and influence the audience?

BRIEF HISTORY OF PUBLIC SPEAKING

The art and science of speaking in public is deeply rooted in civilizations across the globe. The spoken word is of great value and it has been for centuries. This fundamental mode of communication has helped mankind progress through the ages.

Before writing was incorporated as a method of communicating, oral presentations were of the utmost importance. Many valuable written works were committed to memory and recited over and over again for audiences to enjoy.