Public speaking is often topping the charts as the No. 1 fear in the world.
People feel anxious, sweaty, or have a pounding heart while being on stage in front of an audience.
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Trying to be someone else, or copying someone's style can show in your presentation.
Being yourself makes you speak from your heart, with your beliefs and experiences coming out. Speaking the truth, and being honest is freeing, and can give your presentations more power.
Finding out what works for you to give your best presentation is important. Make a list of what you have to do in front of the audience and go over the list to help you remember.
If you are still feeling afraid, you need to face your fear and make yourself comfortable with the fact that it's not the end of the world.
Certain relaxation techniques like deep breathing, or speaking slowly, calm us and get us out of our irrational fears.
Speaking slowly is also better than speaking at a fast rate, which can make you lose your breath, showing the audience that you may, in fact, be scared.
A great way to remove a large portion of fear is to practice hard, studying the topic well. You can research all questions that the audience may ask, and practice the speech in front of a mirror or in front of friends.
Practicing soothes our nerves, making us ready for the final audience.
Your voice influences the impact of your speech and can make or break its success.
With some guidance, you can learn to use your voice to increase your power and persuasiveness in any conversation or speech that you give.
TED talks are watched by more than two million times every day. They have become the standard in public speaking and presentation skills.
So probably your next public speech will be compared to a TED talk. But having to raise your game to the TED-style is not a bad thing; adopting some of the techniques that have brought TED speakers global acclaim will make it much more likely that you will persuade your audience to act on your ideas.
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