Public Speaking Training on How to Prevent Stage Fright

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At the core, stage fright is fear of rejection and fear of being judged harshly.

That takes various forms like being afraid to make a mistake or fear of not knowing how to handle a question or fear of tripping over your own feet and so on. But all of that is really fear of rejection and fear of being judged harshly.

Doing public speaking or seminars is a terrific way to promote yourself, generate more business, and make sales of your product or service but you’ll never do it unless you deal with the problem of stage fright.

So if stage fright is the panic and fear that hits people when they’re already speaking, what can be done to prevent it?

There is an easy solution I’m going to share with you here.

You see, people manage to “create” stage fright in a number of ways, but a very common way is to look out over an audience, and feel the eyes of a bunch of staring strangers burning a hole in them.

Who wouldn’t feel uncomfortable with all those eyes burning holes in them?

Here’s how to prevent stage fright from ever happening to you: arrive early before your talk, and make time to walk around and meet some of the audience members.

Introduce yourself as the speaker and thank them for coming, ask them some targeted questions about what they’re hoping to hear about.

Be genuinely friendly & curious – it will feel good to talk to these people. Remember this old saying: “strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet” – so make some new friends by meeting some people in your audience.

Then, when you’re “on stage”, be sure to make eye contact with ‘your new friends” consistently.

And if it’s a small group, you may even be able to meet everyone before you start your talk.

By meeting people and being friendly before you start your talk means these people are not strangers boring holes in you with their eyes during your presentation; they’re your new friends.

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David Portney is the author of “129 Seminar Speaking Success Tips” and the founder of the Academy of Public Speaking located in Redondo Beach, California where he personally conducts specialized workshops and public speaking trainings.

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