Did you know that up to 75% of adults have a fear of public speaking? So if the thought of getting up in front of a room full of people is making you break into a cold sweat, you are not alone!
Use these 5 secrets to appear confident with public speaking…
1: Open With A Joke
Opening with a lighthearted approach can break the ice and warm the audience up. It is far more inviting to look into a crowd of smiling faces, than those who look bored and uncertain.
2: Look For The Nodders
It can knock your confidence to think people aren’t engaging with what you are saying. So, pick out the ones that are. Focus on the people that are nodding their head and laughing in the right places.
3: Hide The Fear
Nervousness is natural when there are a hundred eyes on you. But people will be able to tell that you are nervous and won’t respond. Mask the nervousness with enthusiasm instead.
4: Practice Makes Perfect
If you come unprepared then you will not be able to speak confidently. Practice your little heart out in the shower, in the bathroom mirror and on the commute to work. Know your material so well that you don’t actually need your prompt cards.
5: Have A Backup Plan
Mistakes are a normal part of life. Sooner or later you will make one when you are speaking. This can fluster the most seasoned of speakers. So, in case this happens to you, have a joke or line that you can say as a get out of jail free card. It will lighten the mood, make you seem human and reset your confidence.