You’re about to speak in front of a group of people or your school’s assembly. You’ve got all your notes memorized. You know exactly what you want to say. You’re so ready for this.
You get to the stage. Everyone is watching and… the words won’t come out. What are you even supposed to be talking about? Why can’t you remember anything? Panic, panic, panic!
There are few people who are just naturally comfortable speaking to large groups of people.
For most, it’s a skill you learn.
Scared of speaking in public? Here are six tips to take the terror out of talking to big groups of people.
Make an effort to look nice. Wear something you feel comfortable in. Wear something appropriate for the occasion. Big secret: it’s not about them. It’s about you. Start building your confidence up early and you’ll feel more natural on stage.
Practice and listen
Practice in front of people you’re comfortable with. Practice in front of a mirror. Just like playing an instrument or a sport, speaking in front of people is something that you get better at the more you do it.
Relax and Breathe
Remind yourself to relax. Breathe through your nose. It will help control your heartbeat and stop you feeling lightheaded or anxious.
You’re not talking to gods or robots. You’re talking to people just like you. Break down the wall between you and the audience. Ask how they are and talk directly to them.
If you mispronounce some words or forget a part of your speech, do not stop and say sorry! Keep going. Smile. Make eye contact. Confidence is a state of mind.
Know your material!
You do not want to be a stammerer when speaking to a group of people. Are you talking about a subject you don’t know much about? Make use of small notes to remind you of your points. Remember not to stare at them the whole time!
Good luck, girls! And remember: we’ve ALL been there before!