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How to Speak with Confidence

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>> Does just the thought of getting in front of a group of people make you a little bit queasy? You're not the only one. In a market research study of more than 3,000 people, 41 percent said their biggest fear was public speaking. Wow! Today, you're going to learn how to speak in public with confidence and not an ounce of those nerves that may have been plaguing you in the past. Let's start by covering some best practices for speaking in public. Then, we'll dive deeper into the mindset of a successful and confident speaker. Number one, know your audience. Whenever you're speaking to a group of people, it's important to know who they are and what they care about. This will allow you to structure your talk and tailor the content of your speech to the people in front of you. This will ensure you make a positive impact on their lives. Number two, look your audience right in the eye. A good public speaker will use eye contact with their audience. They'll scan the room and make eye contact with many different people during their talk. Focusing too much of your eye contact on one side of the room can result in decreased engagement from your audience. So, don't keep your focus in one place for too long. Number three, practice your speech. One of the worst things you could do as a public speaker is show up unprepared. At the very least, you want to do one run through of your talk. Most speakers find it helpful to write down the key points of their talk on note cards that they can then refer to while they're speaking. You can also enlist the help of friends when practicing your speech. Ask if they'd be willing to be your practice audience and provide some feedback on what they thought of both your content and your overall presentation style. Okay. Number four, speak from your heart. A mistake most beginning speakers make is over scripting their talk. This not only sounds, well, scripted, but when you plan and practice your speech too much, you might actually have more difficulty delivering it because you're in the mindset of wanting to get it just right. When you're writing your speech, outline the key points and make note cards for yourself with the main bullet points of your talk. Then, speak naturally, using them as guideposts. When you speak from your heart, you create space for a deeper connection with your audience and your message is more authentic. All right, now that we've covered best practices of public speaking, let's talk about five ways you can reframe this sometimes scary situation and become a more confident presenter. Number one, change your attitude. When you think about yourself as a public speaker, what comes to mind? Do you think, "No way, I could never do that. I'm such a terrible public speaker." or "I'm too much of an introvert to get in front of a crowd."? If your thoughts around speaking are negative, this can impact your ability to grow as a speaker. Your thoughts are powerful. We encourage you to practice affirmations that will help you foster a positive attitude toward public speaking. For example, I am a great public speaker. I am wonderful in front of crowds. I'm comfortable in front of an audience. I speak with clarity, charisma, and ease. Number two, practice makes progress. Chances are, you won't become the world's best public speaker overnight, and that's okay. Remember that even the best public speakers had to start somewhere. When Warren Buffett, one of the world's most famous billionaires was young, he dropped out of public speaking class, he was so afraid to speak in public. If you watched him speak today, you would never know that. So we encourage you to practice your speeches with small groups of friends or consider joining an organization like Toastmasters, which was specifically created to help budding public speakers hone their talents in front of an audience. The more you speak, the more comfortable you'll become with it. All right, number three, make friends with your audience. Before you speak, see if you can meet some of your audience members. Having a couple familiar faces in the crowd will help put you at ease while speaking. If you can't meet with your audience ahead of time, scan the crowd for someone who seems enthusiastic about your speech and make eye contact with them throughout your talk. This is a great way to keep your energy up. Number four, create physical safety. Speaker Himay Zepeda offers presenters this powerful tip for creating comfort on stage, "When we go through challenging situations, we crave human touch. If you feel overwhelmed or scared, try rubbing your thumb and ring finger together or clasping your hands every now and then. These have shown to be subtle, yet effective ways to soothe yourself." Number five, manage your fear. When you think about why you're afraid to speak in public, what comes to mind for you? Are you afraid that people won't like what you have to say, that someone will laugh at you, of falling as you walk on stage, or falling right off the stage? These are some of the most common fears around public speaking and they're all anchored in a root fear of being judged. If you're afraid of judgment from your audience, think about your why, why you're doing this. So ask yourself, why are you getting up on stage? Why are you giving this talk? Why is it important for you to share your message with this crowd? Don't make it all about you, make it about your message and the audience. You're not getting up on stage to speak to the people who won't resonate with what you have to say. You're getting in front of an audience to share a message that may change someone's life forever. That's huge. Before getting up on stage, think about the person you're trying to reach through your talk. Think about what you want your audience to get from your time together. Focus on the value you're giving and you'll find that a lot of the pressure is taken off you and your anxiety decreases. To recap, we covered best practices for public speaking. You then learned five tips to reframe public speaking and become a confident presenter. So how will you implement these tips in your career? Could public speaking be the secret sauce that helps your business take off? Share with us in the Facebook group. We can't wait to hear from you. See you next time.

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Posted by: integrativenutrition on May 2, 2016

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