One off the best way to overcome fear of public speaking is to be afraid and speak anyway. As dumb as this seems, itâ€™s the true if you ever want to curb your fear of public speaking, and itâ€™s possibly the best reliable way to gain confidence in speaking. Be afraid, be nervous, be hesitant… and Iâ€™m talking from personal experienceâ€¦but just do it anyway.
Nine out ten people wonâ€™t be good public speakers after the first few times, so donâ€™t expect to be. Simply make it a goal to do it and finish. Once youâ€™ve done it a few times, and then you realize it hasnâ€™t killed you, youâ€™ll become less afraid to do it the next time. Keep doing it, eventually youâ€™ll start to get good at it and may even learn to enjoy it. Personally, I donâ€™t think I will ever start enjoying public speaking. Overcoming my fear yes but enjoying it â€¦I donâ€™t think so!
I think the #1 reason people fear public speaking is that they expect too much of themselves the very first time. Itâ€™s like being afraid of flying an Airplane when youâ€™ve had no formal instructional training. Of course youâ€™re going to fail. If for some reason the pilot calls you up to the cockpit and says to you â€œ land this plane,â€ itâ€™s a sure bet youâ€™ll crash if you try it. But at least when you fail at public speaking, it isnâ€™t normally fatal. So donâ€™t be so hard on yourself. If you donâ€™t ace it the first time…that’s ok! Failure is actually one of the best ways to learn.
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