How to Be a Fearless Public Speaker

Do you get nervous when it is your turn to stand up in front of your peers or coworkers? You are not alone. Below are some tips to decrease or stop your fears.


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    Do some deep breathing exercises when you feel nervous or before you are about to speak.
    • Breath in as deeply as you can, hold, and let out the air as slowly as you can; repeat 5 times or until you are calm.
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    Sit upright in a chair or wherever is comfortable; close your eyes and imagine a peaceful place where you have no worries.
    • Now imagine you just finishing your speech and all of your peers or coworkers clapping, impressed by your wise words. Now open your eyes. You can also search for other breathing exercises on the internet.
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    Practice your presentation. Then practice it again. Have you done that? Now repeat. Practice in front of your friend(s), family member(s), mirror, pet, and any other audience that you do not feel threatened by. If you know you have practiced extensively, you will be more confident when it is time for you to present your speech.
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    Share your fears with your close friends, if they will be in the audience. Odds are, if they know you are worried, they will want you to succeed and you can look at them if you are nervous about making awkward eye contact.
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    If your speech is written, highlight certain words where you can pause and look up into the audience confidently, and without losing your place.
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    When you are done with it, write in a journal or just on a loose piece of paper how good you felt and what you did right and what you could've improved upon. Post this in a notebook, on a fridge, in a calendar, on a personal bulletin board, or in a workspace. You can read this whenever you are discouraged or have to speak again. It will help you remember that you did it before and you can do it again!
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    Don't dwell on your presentation if it doesn't go as planned. Leave the past in the past. You should take your mistakes and apply them to the next time you speak publicly.


  • When practicing in the mirror, recognize any nervous habits you have, such as twirling your hair, touching your face, rocking back and forth, shaking an arm or leg, speaking quietly, or shaking. Try to stop these while practicing. Then, if they happen during your speech, you will have better control over them.
  • If you absolutely can't look at the audience, look at their ears, hair, a close wall, or your seat.
  • Don't forget to breathe during the presentation especially when you pause and look at the audience.
  • Smirk as if you know what you're talking about, even if you don't.
  • Do not lock your knees, you could faint.
  • If you are comfortable, use appropriate hand gestures.
  • Pretend To be someone confident that you admire. Read your speech before you go on. Slow down while you speak and look into the audience's eyes to see if they understand your point. If not, try using an example or explaining in a different way.

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