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Fear of public speaking

Fear of public speaking

Public speaking is one of the main fears, including forgetting what to say during a presentation.

But, memorising your presentation can make you more likely to forget it. This is partly because you limit yourself to one 'right way to communicate your message. If you deviate from your point, your brain identifies it as an error and panic sets in. This cause a heightened awareness of how you sound and causes you to be less connected and engaging.


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Public speaking: draw a map of your speak

The key to not forget what you want to say is to create a comprehensive outline that consists of the major points.

Three types of outlines are helpful:**

  • The traditional outline: You create and indented, hierarchical listing of your points and jot down key phrases.
  • The question-based outline: List questions that spark specific answers in the order you intend to cover your content.
  • The Illustrated based outline: You graphically map out your ideas using icons, pictures, and words.


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Stand and deliver

Being comfortable will affect how you speak and how you remember your presentation.

  • When you practice, stand up, then speak, even if you plan to present sitting at a desk in front of a webcam.
  • Try recording yourself and then playing it back, listening to your own voice while standing and walking.


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Create visual aids

Close your eyes and envision your presentation unfolding in a familiar space such as your home or hiking path.

As you walk through your presentation, imagine putting different key ideas in certain locations in your imaginary route—for example, a catchy introduction at your front door and surprising results in your study. Practising your presentation in this way can help you more easily recall your points.


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Don't focus on being calm

We feel compelled to memorise because public speaking makes us nervous, making us worse at remembering a memorised script.

Research shows that being excited can improve performance and confidence.

  • Try to flip your inner anxiety dialogue to excitement, such as getting to share something of value with your audience.
  • Visualise yourself being excited about giving your presentation. A day or two before speaking, close your eyes and imagine your most engaged, excited self and how you confidently deliver your presentation.


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