People have many different fears. Some more significant cases develop into phobias, which hold people back from reaching their goals. One of the most common fears that people seem to have is the fear of public speaking.
It may come as a surprise, but the reality is that more people out there fear to give a speech than they fear of death. It is easy to see why: conversations take place online or they are usually one-on-one. Without any practice on captivating the interest of the audience, you are inevitably going to feel unease when faced with such task. Here are few of the reasons for this fear:
Not being unfamiliar with the topic – people are usually afraid to speak in front of public because they don’t know the topic well. You too may feel uncertain about all aspects of the topic, even if you are a recognised expert in this field. However, you should know that you can overcome the fear. It takes dedication on your side to gain enough knowledge about the subject. Sure, you cannot always cover 100% of it, but in time you will be able to answer.
Not practicing enough – there is nothing optional in regards to getting enough practice before a speech. It is the surest method to gain some composure and learn how to present. Great musicians, actors and athletes don’t just show up and do their thing. The best of them devote years of practice! Many great presenters, like Steve Jobs, for instance, start practising weeks before the presentation to nail every single aspect of it.
Feeling uncertain about presentation structure – think of the presentation structure as a recipe. You need the right ingredients, the right amount of them added at specific times by following set actions. Only by taking the time to learn what makes a great presentation can you adopt the process and stop any associated uncertainties.
Fear of failure – the fear of failure is considered closest relative to the fear of public speaking, as in the former usually enhances and often causes the latter. You need to check out things from a different perspective: you will not learn as much from things you do right the first time. That is because giving a second thought to such things is often skipped. However, you will learn a lot from failure, as you will rethink it and fix the mistake that caused it. As such, failure is not a taboo, but an opportunity to grow. Even if you make a mistake, you will become better.
Situational fear – the stakes are high: your colleagues, your boss and other people you hold in high esteem are all present on your speech. A large audience usually produces some anxiety.