Speaking in front of an audience can be a daunting challenge for most folks. The nervousness, the fright, heart palpitations and sweats can sometimes plague the novice speaker. It does not have to be that way if a few simple steps are followed.
Breathe in, breathe out
First, a prospective must learn to breathe, it is a fundamental need of all speakers to breathe correctly. All athletes in sports related activities, learn to breathe correctly to control their blood pressure and limit undue anxiety. By breathing regularly, with intermittent large breaths, this practice will give the brain the oxygen it needs to perform at maximum efficiency, and the body the relaxation of the muscles it needs.
Have a chit chat
Second, a person should never think of the event as a formal speech. Think of the speaking engagement as an informal chit chat with friends. By knowing the material thoroughly one can simply speak as if speaking to friends about the latest movie release at a local cinema. Good, organized material can truly make the difference between a stumbling block and smooth sailing.
Move with the flow
Third, a person must learn to equate their body movement with key parts of the address and as a means of added emphasis. When trying to express how great a movie was, hand and body gestures are almost always a part of your message. A formal speech is no different from telling a friend the key scenes of a movie. The audience will find a greater appreciation for your message if it feels alive and pertinent to them. Just allow the body to flow with the message.
Belief is key
Fourth, and perhaps the most important thing any prospective speaker should commit to their regimen of preparation, simply believe in how awesome the event will turn out. A speaker must have faith in himself and his abilities to perform. Some call it “thinking like a winner”. Whatever the current terminology, the belief in one’s self is always the overriding factor in the final analysis
These are only four tips that will help any first time speaker to gain better control of their speaking situation. Remember, it is not the audience that makes a speaker nervous, it is the speaker who creates the nervous anxiety by not preparing correctly.
***These are tips that I, Joe Garcia have learned with time and practice. In no way am I a professional speaker and do not claim these tips to work for everyone.