record yourself, in voice... then hear yourself... you will hear the lack off assurance. then ajust your tone of voice and record again... do this until hearing your voice gives you a smile.:P at this point you will far more confident in yourself.. i know this sound dumb but it works.
I like to have something to refer to. I have used a handout for the audience, a powerpoint presentation, and a poster for my presentations. It gives you and your audience something to focus on other than you speaking.
You can practice by giving more speeches. Try giving speeches to many people at the same time. Maybe you can give one to our family members, one to a group of friends and one to your teacher (maybe?) She/he can edit it for you.
Remember that the purpose of a speech is to pass on information to the audience. I like to pretend that the information I am conveying will be lost from humanity, unless I tell others. That way the speech is not about me at all. It is only about the information and making sure the audience understands (and hopefully enjoys) the information enough to tell others. Hope that helps!
When I was in college, my history Professor picked 4 of us to do a presentation on Salem Mass. The Historical Society had requested us to do this as much was not known about just the regular people in Salem. I told him up front I would NOT get up and speak. I spent hours and hours and hours looking at Microfiche and historical documents. The night of the presentation, it was obvious my classmates were not prepared. Every question asked, I would be asked in the audience. I had done so much research, I was prepared. So, I stood up in the audience and answered the questions. After that, I knew what I had to do, do my homework, and make it interesting.
Never look your audience in the eye if you have a fear of public speaking. Choose an item in the back of the room and focus on it, not the people getting your presentation. You can also start by yourself, then your animals(stuffed or real) then your family, friends and work your way up
After 40 plus years in Radio, Television and on stage acting in shows like "Annie", "Oklahoma", and "M.A.S.H." I have found that IF I treat the audience like FRIENDS...and they are ALL encouraging me, it makes being out there much easier. They aren't there to judge me, they are there to listen, gather information or be just plain entertained. JUST be YOURSELF! People know you for you, not some copy of someone else. Try to incorporate a bit of humor as you go. THEY'LL LOVE YOU! Above all - JUST relax. I know, I know..... Its easier to say... "Just relax"! I also find one person in the audience, about half way up and while I look left ( at the wall), then turn, look at the middle of the audience, (at that "someone") then turn and look to the right (at the wall) They have NO IDEA who or what I'm looking at. It sure makes me more comfortable and I can go out and "do my thing" what ever it is. As others have said before, you just have to practice and pretend you relaxed, the audience won't know the difference. I hope this helps.
I don't know if it will help you, but what I do is I pretend that i'm actually telling someone i'm close to about whatever my speech is on. Even if they aren't there, act like you're speaking to them instead of a crowd. Whoever you are most comfortable with, pretend it's only them you're speaking to. I mean be clear, mindful, and assertive like you would if you were speaking to a crowd, but take the ease of speaking to a friend and put that in your head instead. When I started doing this, I was told I would make a great teacher, I am wonderful at speeches, and I keep the attention of a crowd because I speak to them in a calmer and fun way. Like I would if I were at a dinner table or hanging with friends (without the inside jokes and inappropriate language of course)
First of all, be confident! If I have learned anything throughout my junior high experience, it would be that most people are afraid of what other people might think of them. I totally get it, but just take a deep breath, start slow. Practice in the mirror, and in front of family. Also, if it helps, use notecards too, and if you can make a powerpoint presentation so that you don't have to make I contact with the whole class (:
Practice alone. Repeat again and again. Make a plan of how to start and where to pause and stop. What kind of gesture to use and what kind of posture to adopt. Rehearsal alone and then in front of mirror. Later give that speech in front of you family. Then gather some friends with serious attitude and deliver the same speech. Then on stage do not look directly in to the eyes of audience. Direct contact can make you nervous. Keep the plan in the mind and act according to it and forget about audience reaction. Think that audience know nothing about the topic and they are here to learn from you.
Go to the Toastmaster web site and attend a club meeting in your area as a guest . You will see their approach to developing public speaking and leadership skills. If you join you will be on your way of overcoming your fears in a very friendly and supportive environment. Plus you will get a lot of tips from their web site but actual practice leads to success. Good luck and go for it!!! :)
I have the same phobia! Reading in front of people is something i dread! I've gotten better by reading my essay's and papers to myself or to my family members. Also, while you're reading, pretend like nobodies there or focus more on the paper instead of the people around you.
have a simple way...its ur speech first get pro with it...read out loud so that u hear it urself...then stand infornt of mirror look @ urself read out..then talk 2 urself bout it dont consider its a speech...then make a family member or may b all or a frnd sit with u n make them hear it...remember ur talking n its not a speech keep the matter with u read in between lines...recite n remember...do not mug up...once u know what ur gonna speak about ur confidence will boost...look @ audience in their eyes think they dont know anything ...and actually no one knows wat u wanna say...n just keep talking and make it interactive..pause after imp words let them nod n agree..n this wil help u deliver better .hope this helps u...all the best :)
Practice memorizing it in your head, because if you memorize it rather than read it you will probably get marks instead of loose them, then practice in front of your family mainly parents, till they make you feel confident then practice to your friend a truthful rather mean one that tells the truth and just don't care, then they will tell you your strengths and flaws, what needs fixed and what is good, when you've fixed them practice to another friend, when everybody who's seen it doesn't think you'll have no problem it will boost your confidence. During the speech you will look better if you smile, and if you cant force one when your scared picture the audience in underwear, or someone you love, or maybe even a band or anything that will actually make you smile, because teachers like that much more than you looking scared. Also don't make eye contact but don't look zoned out or stare at like the floor or wall or something either, look at people (in the forehead not eye, so it looks like your making eye contact) (better if you look at people who suck at speeches, to boost your confidence rather than people that are good at it, to drop your confidence)
Listening to people read at you is boring. Know your subject. Then make an outline of the information you want to convey. Turn it into notecards with just enough keywords to jog your memory on each major point. Then practice it. Statistics, jokes, quotes and technical information you may need to read word for word. But most of your speech should be from your mind and heart. After a few it will actually be fun!
I fake (acting) confidence like I want to do it.I try to go as close to first in the class,that helps because you don't feel like you have to live up to someone else's speech.Then when i am in front of everyone,I wait till everyone is quiet and then when I am talking I never look at anyone.I look above their heads.Good luck.
There is an excellent course that has been around for decades by the Dale Carnegie Institute. I took the course on "public speaking" in the 1980's and it is the single most important training I have ever had. It is amazing, in that it is a series of exercises that don't really seem to have anything to do with public speaking, but by the end of it you find yourself amazed that it works. It is far more than public speaking in that you learn skills in how to deal with people, situations, and circumstances. Dale Carnegie also wrote several books, the most well known being "How to win friends and influence people" This book, and the course, is much, much more than the title would suggest. Public speaking is one of the greatest "fears" for most people, and one of the greatest benefits one can acquire. Anyone can do it, not by specific instruction, but just by knowing it, and it's actually fun !
I used to get so nervous about public speaking. To the point where I couldn't sleep the night before! A friend came to me with a resolution. I thought she was crazy, at first, but I thought it wouldn't kill me to try it. Its called 'tapping' (EFT: (Emotional Freedom Technique). I swear, this works. Again, I know it sounds crazy but it works. Here's the link...oh, and one more thing to remember, you obviously have some knowledge or insight that your audience needs...remember that. Also remember that everyone of them are thanking God that it's not THEM up there..lol http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0GfBCKV7B0
Practice makes progress. Just keep at it, and you will improve. Try practicing in front of a mirror so that you can see what you do with your face when you talk. You can also try giving your speech to a wall. This way, you are not nerves and you can practice without fear. I was on the speech team in high school all four years and I also competed one year in college. These are skill building exercises we did and I found them helpful. Public speaking is a natural fear, but it won't kill you. You will be fine. Good luck. :)
When I was younger I was always afraid of giving speechs in school, because I was always thinking about what people would think of ME. Well, FUCK what people think about me! If they don't like what I'm saying, what a pity! I work so hard to give my best and they don't give value! I mean, I wasn't there to make everyone happy. Those who liked my speech... awesome! I feel wonderful when my effort worthwhile! Those who didn't appreciate ... whatever.
okay i remember being in a play and we each had a line to say something and when it came to me i was nervous but i practiced before i got on stage i was in front of a lot of people but you just relax and forget that your in front of a crowd and just practice like your in front of your family or your in a practice room block out that your in front of everybody just like i did and if i can do it then you can do it good luck you'll be okay just feel confident and say i can do this i can do this thats how i got through it just don't think about it
I had to deal with the same thing a while ago, I would get so nervous most of my speeches would consist of me laughing constantly! I got over this by not staring at the audience but an object directly over their heads, it looks like your giving great eye contact but you dont had to deal with focusing on people watching you!
i have the same problem. if i even walk in front of the class to present, i get flustered. my heart rate goes up, that i swear the people in the first row can hear it. i whisper, and my face turns red. the only reason i am able to stand in front of the crowd, is that i know my friend is in there. i practice with her, and my family until i am comfortable with it. then, i pretend i am only in front of my friend and family, and i forget everyone else.
volunteer to go first, this has two advantages; you will get it over with and wont be sitting there in terror thru the rest of the kids speeches; and the teacher will think you are brave and if you mess up, she or he will be easier on you. they know you are nervous, everybody is. if you make a mistake, just keep going and it will be over before you know it. then you can sit back and watch everyone else screw up, relax girl, its just a minor thing..
Practice in front of someone you're close with that you know will be in the audience listening the day of your speech. Reread your speech over and over again until you feel confident about it. Also wear your favorite outfit... That might help with your nervousness. When you feel your best , you do your best! (:
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First, make sure you know the speech pretty well , then probably say it out to your family till u get it perfect and then, when you say it , don't look at ANYONE! Look at the corner of the room which looks as of ure saying it to everyone......once in a while , look here and there .....but make sure you know the speech more importantly and good luck! And ....yes .... Act like there's no one around and your just telling the walls a speech!!!
drink much water before you get to the stage.don't anything you don't know.say the things you know.practice before your parents,friends,teachers.pray to god..............be cool ......every thing will be fine.
What you should do...... Take a deep breath before you go on the stage.
I used to be a public speaker when I was in highschool. Ofcourse I did feel nervous every time we had a competition.
But whenever Im on stage, I dont see myself as a public speaker who's talking on the stage. But I always look myself as the audience and think.... are they nervous looking at me ? Ofcourse not. So, I shouldn't be nervous looking at them too. What you have to do is.... not to memorize the whole text that ur gonna say. Just create some points and remember them. Make sure u understand the things that ur gonna say, Only then u can be spontaneous.
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It was always helpful for me to not write out a speech word for word. Instead, make a list of points you want to bring up and let yourself just talk about what you know. I always worried about "what happens if I forget my next line!" I got over that once I just thought of it as talking about something I know.
start by taking a speech class and then work your way up and if you have stuffed animals say a speech In front of them or do a speech in front of your parents from speech class and then see if it got better:)
JUST DO IT! I find out that if I push myself hard enough to do something totally scary it turns out better the second time, like a really scary rollercoaster the first time being a really fun joyride the second. If you just force yourself to speak in public and get completely scared, you'll overcome your fear. I can't really relate to you, as I've always been fine with speaking in front of people, but just force yourself to do it and the second time you'll be fine.
Giving a speech in front of an audience is one of the most common fears people have. Nobody wants to sound like a fool in front of a group of people, and that's mostly what the fear of public speaking stems from. While there's no magic pill you can take to overcome your fear of public speaking, you can naturally put aside your fear with preparation and a positive attitude.
Try to think up some sort of equalizer, an idea that casts the audience in a relatable light removes the seriousness of the situation. For me, I just remember, "everyone poops," you'd be surprised how little people will intimidate you if you keep that in mind.
Hey dude, don't fret this is super easy. Well, it seems hard but its actually only hard if you MAKE it hard. If you're making a speech make clear notes, make it so that if you lose your spot you can easily find it again no problem. Anyway ask yourself "what's the worst that can happen" I can guarantee you no one has a tomato read to throw. I used to be super scared of speeches but I had to do them never the less and now a days I don't give them a second thought. If you want to improve you need to feel uncomfortable because if you are you will motivate yourself to do better and become comfortable. Don't worry, you WILL overcome this. I did, and I know you will too!
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Why are you afraid? you are just going to tell the public what you are talking! that's all don't be afraid. The main thing is to avoid stage fear. all the best . This is to be a great stage speech giver !!! :) and practice and understand the concept you're talking !!!!
Practice and just be cool. Don't act like a prick during your speech, but just relax and realize you're not going to be the worst in the class. I've got public speaking and I'll be honest, it REALLY has helped me get over what used to be the same fear. If you want to give a good speech here's some tips: 1. DO make eye contact with everyone preferably 2. Use body language a lot (hand movements) 3. Watch other good public speakers and see how you can talk more like them 4. Rehearse the speech 5. Try to be funny in your speech 6. Don't make it too long or too short 7. Practice speaking with smaller groups like your family 8. Move around a little bit but not too much (Act like you're actually interested in your topic. Don't slump over the podium if you have one) 9. Record yourself and play it back 10. Take a deep breath before you begin Hope this helps & best of luck! :)
Do it in front of the mirror. Record yourself. And just know that you are doing it in front of the class and the teacher. The teacher has to watch like a million of these each year, so they probably aren't on the edge of their seats anyways. Just act like you are talking to your friends but DON'T USE SLANG. So just be comfortable. It takes a pretty social person too and most people aren't too comfortable when it comes to public speaking. So its not just you.
give a long speech in front of your teddy bear youve had since you were 2 or if you got rid of that your dog or if you dont have a dog get a new teddy bear then slowly move up and do it in front of your best friend then do it in front of your 2 best friends and so on until youve gotten rid of your fear :)