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Does speaking in front of a crowd turn your legs to jelly?

Public speaking anxiety is common. Glossophobia, or the fear of public speaking, is remarkably common. In fact, some experts estimate that as much as 77% of the population has some level of anxiety around public speaking.

Have you ever stood in front of the room and completely forgotten what you were going to say?

And did you leave that meeting or event feeling like you missed an opportunity to get your idea or message across?

It’s frustrating. I know. Because that’s where I began my journey to becoming a confident speaker. I have learned hacks, tips and tools that have helped me so much over the years. I want to share these secrets with you.

Fear of public speaking (or glossophobia as it is formally known) turns otherwise talented, motivated and highly driven individuals like you to hit that barrier because they cannot speak with ease, confidence and credibility.

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.

Dale Carnegie

The good news is, that with the right guidance and a willingness to do some work, then you can be on your way to becoming a confident and powerful public speaker. So, let’s get started.

Public speaking anxiety begins with mindset

As you may have noticed, the whole cycle of fear starts with your thoughts and beliefs, or in other words, your mindset. It is all that stands between you and becoming a successful public speaker.

When you learn to master your mindset, you will be comfortable in front of a crowd. 

The fastest and most effective way to break this cycle is to invest in yourself and partner with an experienced public speaking coach, who can guide you and help you manage your nervousness. You can step into your best self when it comes to speaking in front of others. You may be thinking, what does a public speaking coach do?

Dealing with public speaking anxiety will help boost your confidence

If you are feeling like you are not getting where you want to be because of public speaking anxiety, then you are in the right place.

The hardest step is always the first one.

If you commit to taking a small step each day, you will get results. I suggest you start with incorporating some accountability. Set your goals and then start taking the right steps to raise your level of public speaking from fear to fearless, from nerves to nailing it.

There are opportunities awaiting you on the other side of the fear that is holding you back.

Learning to overcome nervousness. Try this thought.

Imagine yourself speaking in front of a group of people. You look poised, confident and credible. The crowd are nodding and smiling. They understand you. They get what you are saying. They feel inspired by your message. This feels good as you know you have made a difference.

This way of thinking is possible once you have removed the old narrative, the story that you tell yourself that is getting in your way.

But I’m not a public speaker! you may be thinking.

Well, let me explain.

I use the term public speaking broadly. When you are speaking to more than ONE other person, you are speaking in public. It doesn’t have to be the big crowd in an auditorium. It can be showing up for a panel interview, speaking as part of a webinar, hosting a workshop, or answering questions during a meeting.

There are many situations where you need to be able to think on your feet, and put together a message in a clear and compelling way.

10 hacks to help you overcome your public speaking anxiety

  1. Remember that speaking is serving. You are there to deliver a message in the most efficient and engaging way. Ego is set aside.
  2. It’s not about you! People in the audience are far more interested in themselves.
  3. Be clear on WIIFM or what’s in it for them? The clearer you can be about why people should listen to you the better.
  4. Create a structure. Have a basic roadmap of your presentation and then take others on the journey. No structure – You struggle.
  5. Prepare and practise. Set aside the time you need to get comfortable.
  6. Don’t forget self-care. This includes getting enough rest and food so that you can show up and perform as your best self.
  7. Keep it simple. If you can say less words, then do so. If you can reduce or simplify slides, do so.
  8. Get feedback at the right time and from the right people. Ask a trusted peer or work with a speaker coach. Be picky about who you ask for feedback.
  9. Be proactive. Rather than wait to be asked to speak, seek out opportunities and speak as often as possible.
  10. Choose a POWER song to help boost your energy. When you feel comfortable you can anchor these positive feelings to a powerful song.
Public Speaking Anxiety 10 Simple Hacks to Help you Overcome

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About Lisa Evans

Lisa Evans helps professionals to craft compelling business stories and become exceptional speakers. Lisa is a certified speaker coach, TEDx speaker coach, four times author, NLP practitioner, graphic recorder and visual storyteller, and improvisational actor. 

She has coached thousands of leaders across a range of industries, including resources, banking, finance, engineering, retail and sales as well as not-for-profit and community associations. 

If you wish to take advantage of a complimentary session in order to chat about how you can become an exceptional and successful speaker with a stand-out brand, then use this link to book a time to chat. Download my new E-book How to Build Confidence and Overcome Nervousness.