Speak With Confidence – Short And Often Does It

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To influence, a speaker must speak with confidence, fluently and with courage. When anxiety or fear becomes evident, an audience loses confidence in a speaker’s knowledge of their subject. Of course, if they do not have confidence in themselves how can they hope to convince others?

Often the cause for stage fright is the fact that a speaker who feels it simply has not spoken to audiences often enough. New situations may be frightening. Remember the first time you asked for a date, or when you were asked for one? Were you nervous or unduly tense about the situation?

Notice the concern of a new driver. Although they want to drive and like it, they breathe easier when the traffic is not so heavy or when they get out of the car. That first time, or maybe the first few times you rode in a plane, you would have liked to have dragged your big toe on the ground a bit longer before taking off. But after several flights getting into an airplane is as easy as walking into the kitchen.

Emerson’s statement, “Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain,” is true. Appearing before an audience once or twice may not enable a speaker to overcome fear. But if they will con­tinue speaking on various occasions they cannot fail to defeat stage fright. George Bernard Shaw, for instance, was afraid to face audiences but over a period of several years he forced himself to speak at every opportunity. He conquered fear. But his method was haphazard.

Making many short speeches is far more helpful in; overcoming fear than delivering only a few long ones. Much oral work is needed. A person can no more learn to face au­diences without actually appearing before them often than he can learn to swim without getting into water.

So, to speak with confidence, speak often even though you may have to kick yourself a few times to keep at it.

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