Over­come your fear of pub­lic speak­ing in 5 easy steps

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

You may have been there be­fore. You feel ner­vous, your palms sweat, and your stom­ach ties it­self into knots. You don’t want to do it. You would rather do any­thing else than talk in pub­lic. Is this you? The fear of pub­lic speak­ing is very real and can be a bar­rier to ca­reer suc­cess. How­ever, there are tech­niques to help you over­come your fear. There are even ways to help har­ness your en­ergy in a pos­i­tive way.

Be­low are 5 quick tips to help you over­come your fear of pub­lic speak­ing as sug­gested by the ca­reer ex­perts at Bayt.com, the Mid­dle East’s lead­ing job site:

1. Bal­ance your con­fi­dence

Think back to your child­hood, to the first time your teach­ers made you get up to present a project. “Be con­fi­dent,” they said. They were right. Ex­perts rec­om­mend that speak­ers im­prove their per­for­mances by strik­ing the right bal­ance of calm and anx­i­ety. Low con­fi­dence comes off as weak, un­prac­ticed and un­pro­fes­sional. Too much con­fi­dence comes off as ar­ro­gant and could hurt your per­for­mance as a lack of ex­cite­ment (as­so­ci­ated with anx­i­ety)

is eas­ily no­tice­able. Find your best bal­ance.

2. The eye con­tact trial

You may have heard the leg­endary, “look over their au­di­ence’s head to the back wall, as a tac­tic to ease your nerves dur­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion. In re­al­ity your au­di­ence will feel ne­glected and will lose in­ter­est quickly. Next time you prac­tice a speech play the eye con­tact game. Sim­i­lar to preparing for a job in­ter­view, ask some col­leagues or friends to be your ‘au­di­ence’ and then have them stand up by their seats as you be­gin your pre­sen­ta­tion. While you speak make sure you look at each in­di­vid­ual in the eye; once they feel you’ve made eye con­tact, they may sit down. Try to have ev­ery­one seated in 5 sec­onds.

3. In­clude tran­si­tions

A suc­cess­ful speech de­pends on your charisma and cre­ativ­ity, no doubt. But keep­ing your speech co­her­ent and mem­o­rable de­pends on your tran­si­tions. Insert clear, sim­ple tran­si­tions be­tween your main points. For ex­am­ple, af­ter discussing the new prod­uct your com­pany is launch­ing, plug in “now that we’ve looked at our lat­est prod­uct, I’m go­ing to show you its ben­e­fits to so­ci­ety.” It may sound cheesy now, but peo­ple re­tain in­for­ma­tion in chunks al­low­ing them to re­mem­ber it for as long as you need them to.

4. Less points

It’s easy to get car­ried away when you present a con­cept you have be­come an ex­pert on. In fact, 97% of pro­fes­sion­als in the MENA are very ded­i­cated to life­long learn­ing, as stated in the Bayt.com ‘Learn­ing in the Work­place in the Mid­dle East and North Africa’ poll, March 2015, so know that your au­di­ence is in­ter­ested in what you have to say. How­ever, your de­sire to share ev­ery sin­gle de­tail with your au­di­ence could harm you. When plan­ning your speech, sketch out a quick out­line to set­tle on the three main points you wish to get across to your au­di­ence and make sure all other con­tent sup­ports only th­ese points. This will keep your pre­sen­ta­tion fo­cused on the big pic­ture at all times.

5. Where do I put my hands?

Body lan­guages counts, and if you have nowhere to put your hands, then use them! Most peo­ple are fa­mil­iar with the awk­ward feel­ing of their arms un­nat­u­rally hang­ing by their sides. Be­ing con­scious is dis­tract­ing, so rather than worry about your hands, as­sign them a task. Point to pre­sen­ta­tion aids if you use any, make hand ges­tures, hold in­dex cards if ap­pro­pri­ate, mimic your de­scrip­tions, or count your points on your fin­gers. Just make sure you avoid fid­get­ing and be­com­ing ex­ces­sive with your ges­tures.

Bayt.com is the #1 job site in the Mid­dle East with more than 40,000 em­ploy­ers and over 22,500,000 reg­is­tered job seek­ers from across the Mid­dle East, North Africa and the globe, rep­re­sent­ing all in­dus­tries, na­tion­al­i­ties and ca­reer lev­els. Post a job or find jobs on www.bayt.com to­day and ac­cess the lead­ing re­source for job seek­ers and em­ploy­ers in the re­gion.

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