Know Your Purpose!
Planning is a vital component for a successful speech. Taking the time to effectively plan can make it easier to develop and present powerfully. Part of planning includes knowing the purpose of your speech. Consider your general purpose first. For example, do you want to sell or inform, or do you want to seek information from your audience? Next, draft and objective, possibly identify one thing that you want your audience to think, feel, or do.
Actually, it’s no secret. It’s also not necessary to overcome fear. That adrenalin you feel from fear can motivate you to do well. Without the fear, people may not spend enough time preparing and practicing resulting in anxiety when on the stage. Inadequate preparation can also result in a boring and disorganized presentation.
A well prepared and rehearsed speech can boost your confidence, reflecting positively in your voice and demeanor. However, if you still feel those pesky nerves well up during your speech, stop them in their tracks with a pause by quietly taking a deep breath, smiling and then focusing on saying your next set of words loudly. This action will help you break any pattern of nerves to continue on with confidence and ease.
Don’t fear your nerves; allow them to help you become a better speaker!
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