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How not be nervous when speaking publicly?


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October 20, 2011 3:52PM

Listed below are some suggestions you may want to consider when speaking publicly.

  • Realize you are not alone. Most individuals experience some type of nervousness when speaking to a crowd. It's normal. Some just experience it to greater degrees than others.
  • Know your subject matter thoroughly. This is critical!
  • If you are new to public speaking, do not look directly at the faces in the audience, but slightly over their heads.
  • Realize that using little appropriate humor goes a long way in relaxing your audience as well as yourself.
  • Speak to the audience as if you were speaking to one person - maybe a good friend.
  • You may want to consider using some visual aids to help promote your ideas and to clearly validate your findings or point of view.
  • If you are asked a question by some one in the audience, do not be afraid to say, "I do not know, but I will find out and get back to you." then do follow up.

I'm sure others can continue to add other suggestions Still, remember what I stated above. Make sure you understand your subject matter!

Another way is to just say to yourslef that youare confident and that you can do it or also you take a deep breathe and look at a friend or someone you know that you know will not make you laugh or mess up. What I always do is I try to make the audience laugh because that always helps but sometimes it isn't a laughing matter. Do you have anymore tips?