[envoke_twitter_link]One of the ways to grow brand awareness is to use public speaking[/envoke_twitter_link].
You are able to get in front of your ideal audience and share your knowledge and expertise.
One of the problems many people have is: Fear.
That’s why I put together this infographic for you.
Have you ever experienced butterflies or felt sick to your stomach? That’s how many feel at the thought of getting in front of an audience and speaking.
9 Tips For Overcoming Fear
1 – First and foremost you have to know your subject. It’s so much easier to talk about a topic that you know really well. Because you know your topic you will feel more comfortable and you will be able to put what I call your “P” Factor into it. Your “P” Factor is your personality.
2 – Practice your speech – [envoke_twitter_link]You want the words to flow freely as you speak and they way you do that is by practicing your speech over and over again[/envoke_twitter_link].
It also helps if you say your speech out loud. This way you can identify areas where you might stumble or pause at the wrong time.
3 – Be friendly -[envoke_twitter_link]The easiest way to relax is to mingle and greet your audience. Get to know them.[/envoke_twitter_link]
4 – Know your environment – speaking in strange room might make you feel nervous. If possible before the event visit the location so you can see what it’s like. Envision where you will be standing. This could help you get over that initial fear of the “unknown”.
5 – Stay relaxed – I a conversation one time with someone who gave a wonderful speech. He told me the worst thing you can do is lock your legs. If you do you’ll have a hard time getting off the stage. That means you can move around and be yourself during your speech.
6 – Don’t apologize – This is really important. Don’t bring your nervousness to people’s attention by apologizing. Most times you audience will have no idea you are nervous.
7 – Your audience is your friend – [envoke_twitter_link]Your audience is there because they are interested in what you have to say[/envoke_twitter_link]. They want you to deliver an informative and interesting speech.
8 – Focus on your speech – Don’t be distracted by what’s going on in the audience. For instance many of my presentations have been at networking events where they’ve served lunch. You can’t get distracted by the wait staff walking around or people getting out of their seats. Instead stay focused on your content and getting the message across to your audience in a lively and informative manner.
9 – Experience – [envoke_twitter_link]Each time you give your speech your are gaining experience[/envoke_twitter_link]. You will learn from any mistakes you might make. You’ll gain valuable feedback from your audience.
[envoke_twitter_link]Your speeches are a reflection of you as a person and as an authority on your topic[/envoke_twitter_link]. As you gain more experience and exposure your confidence levels will increase along with others requesting that you speak at their event!
How do you overcome your fear of public speaking?
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Toni Nelson – Marketing Brand Strategist, Award winning Videographer/Photographer
P.S. Want to grow your brand authority so you can get speaking engagements? Download my free guide!