"Fear always springs from ignorance." - Emerson
- Matterload- It will be easier for a speaker and it will boost his/her confidence if that speaker mastered
the subject before the actual speech.
- Rehearse-Practicing speeches in front of a mirror or with companions will help you get over the fear
of making mistakes. Practice makes perfect, as they say.
- Replace filler words/speech crutches- A speaker becomes less credible and more nervous when she/he stutters.
Practice is one solution to this problem. In debate,however, longer filler words such as " Mr. chair and members of this house"
or " Ladies and gentlemen" are often used to cover for dead air. This is proper, though (in my personal view)
annoying and would also result to a less credible speaker when overdone. The best known solution is to pause for
less than 5 seconds and collate your ideas. After that, resume to your speech.
- Condition yourself before the speech- Set the proper mood for your speech. Do everything you could
to calm your nerves to reduce the chances of panicking on the podium.
- Don't be dependent on templates- Some speakers concentrate too much on their manuals or handouts
that they don't know what to say when they take their eyes off it. A good speech is conversational and casual. Remeber, your
main goal is to make everybody understand you and sound believable (and not to sound impressive! This will just be a
bonus if you do sound casual).
So the next time you get the jitters for public speking, remember these guidelines and you'll never think you could
over come your fear...