Getting Over Your Fear of Public Speaking.
For those afraid to give speeches in front of an audience, you are not alone. As a matter of fact there are a lot of people who get nervous, especially if it’s their first time doing so. Many breaking out in a swear at the mere thought of being in front of all those people. Sometimes feeling like they are well prepared then becoming speechless when in front of the audience. However with some practice you too can overcome the fear of speaking publicly.
Famous People Who Had Stage Fright.
In medical terminology stage fright is referred to as Glossophobia or the fear of public speaking. Not everyone knows it, but there are various highly influential people that felt uncomfortable when speaking in front of an audience. Believe it or not there are quite a few important individuals that had stage fright. However they had the ability to overcome it and give some of the most amazing speeches ever to be presented.
Those With a Fear of Giving Public Speeches:
* Mahatma Gandhi
* Thomas Jefferson
* Abraham Lincoln
* Joel Osteen
* Sir Isaac Newton
1. Mahatma Gandhi.
One of the most influential peace keepers known to this world, Mahatma Gandhi would often suffer from panic attacks. While giving a speech in front of the vegetarian community in London, England he was only able to read one line. Getting somebody else to finish the speech for him. Even though it wasn’t easy in the beginning, Gandhi conquered his obstacles and became a worldwide humanitarian.
2. Thomas Jefferson.
The third president of the United States of America, Mr. Jefferson was medically diagnosed with social phobia. That’s right the man who played a major role in “Declaration of Independence” had issues with speaking in front of the public. It was such a big deal that several of his biographies have statements about his social issues. John Adams had even made a remark of how Thomas Jefferson spoke only three sentences at a time while in congress. As a matter of fact he had a total of two public speeches within his eight year term as president.
3. Abraham Lincoln.
Amazing as it may sound another presidential figure had issues with speaking in front of an audience. After a speech Mr. Lincoln made about slavery, was invited to make an appearance in New Jersey four weeks later. Which he politely declined due to a sick family member.
4. Joel Osteen.
Famous television evangelist Joel Osteen was uncomfortable in the beginning, preferring to stay out of the limelight. Unbeknownst to him that later on in life would take over where his dad left off after passing away. Now speaking in front of thousands of faithful followers every year. Overcoming his insecurities to be where he is today.
5. Sir Isaac Newton.
Founder of the three scientific laws of motion Sir Isaac Newton was apprehensive about giving speeches in front of others. Because he was self conscious of the way in which it sounded when he’d talk, some even accused him of having psychosis.
Greek philosopher Aristotle was also not fond of publicly speaking because of the way his voice sounded. However he would overcome this fear later on in the future. Becoming a famous writer and teacher as well.
Ways to Conquer the Fear of Public Speaking.
Although it may seem impossible to you, there are things that can improve your speaking skills when in front of an audience.
* Perform breathing exercises
* Practice giving speeches
* Go with your inner gut feelings
* Think of yourself as being a success
* Get acquainted with those you’ll speaking in front of
By practicing to take deep breaths you’ll becoming nice and relaxed, even try closing your eyes and meditating. It calms down those who are nervous and gives you power to speak openly. Providing that extra confidence needed while centering your voice. Another thing in which really helps is practicing at home. Picture the audience sitting in front of you, doing so several times until totally comfortable. While meditating, wait for your inner voice to speak to you and go with it. Picture yourself being a big success, speaking clearly in front of your audience. Before the initial speech get more acquainted with those you’ll be lecturing to. Such as introducing yourself and shaking their hands.
Last Minute Advice.
The most important thing is to have fun doing what you do. By staying calm and being totally relaxed, you will excel.