There are many reasons why public speaking starts to turn us to jelly. Here are just a few common reasons:
- Self-consciousness – this could be because of accent, grammar, voice, image, the way we stand, how we perceive ourselves
- Lack of confidence – often stems from a feeling that others are better speakers than ourselves or that they know more about the topic in question
- Unfamiliar situation – unless public speaking is something you do regularly the formality of speaking to an audience can cause apprehension
- Fear of looking foolish – we worry that we might forget what we want to say or stumble over words, even say the wrong thing
- When you start to panic over public speaking your body goes into fight or flight mode, releasing adrenaline to help you cope with the situation
Imagine, instead of public speaking filling you with dread, you can learn to enjoy it, even to look forward to writing and giving a presentation. Take the first step today to conquering your public speaking fears, relaxing in the weeks leading up to it and even enjoying giving the speech as your new found confidence fills the room.