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If you aren’t aware at all then ya girl has anxiety. Instead of wallowing in self pity, I decide to blog about it because it may help someone in some way. This time I want to speak about public speaking to help you smash any speeches you gotta do!
Public speaking never came naturally to me. I am an anxiety sufferer, I am just a shy person and I’m introverted. I tend to keep myself in small groups and if I have to speak to a large group, I squirm. A lot. My entire body seems to shake and shake until a month after the event is over. Yeah let’s just say that I’m not good at public speaking.
There are certain public speaking you can’t avoid. University has presentations, maybe your job requires it, you name it. I got a job recently where I have to speak to customers and speak on the phone which would TERRIFY me so I had to learn a thing or two on how to ace public speaking as an anxious person.
#1 = Be prepared. You will feel so much better if you write up what you need to say and learn it. Obviously this isn’t always applicable but for example, with my work, I just learnt the gist in what I have to say! So when approached, I have an idea! When it comes to general speeches, you could either write out the speech word for word or give yourself a list of key points and ideas that you want to address.
I think the latter is better because it won’t seem to rehearsed and you won’t have your eyes glued to the page you’ve written it on, instead you’ll greet the page with occasional glances.
#2 = Test out your plan on a friend. This can be a family member or a friend obviously, either works and it’s whoever you feel most comfortbale with! I know for me, this was the most daunting, I absolutely hated reciting myself in front of someone I knew. I always found that more scary than speaking to a bunch of strangers. But trust me, it’ll help you.
#3 = Practise. If you’re preparing for something that is quite a while in the future, practising makes perfect. Or at least, close to that. Ideally, practising a few times a day for a couple days is far more effective than rushing and panicking an hour before the speech is due to be performed. Doing it over and over will make it easier to remember and perfect.
These are my tips! You know the obvious; imagine the listeners in their underwear, focus on one particular person etc etc. But I just wanted to give alternative advice!