Speak With Confidence – Taking Action

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Anxiety and nerves in speaking are the result of not knowing what will happen and not being in control of the situation. Logical confidence comes from taking the actions required to master the situation. The ability to speak with confidence comes from:

Know Your Subject
Confident public speaking requires a thorough knowledge of your subject matter. Your perfectly pitched voice may be pleasing to the ear; you may be a master of delivery and have a fine command of the English language. Despite all these attributes your performance still might be a flop if you are not thoroughly conversant with your subject.
Persistence Makes Perfection
Self-confidence comes as a natural consequence of care¬ful preparation. Any normal person can become a successful public speaker if he allows himself to be natural and if he observes certain cardinal canons. Of course he becomes better by working at it, but many talents are lost to the world for want of courage. The woods would have little music if no birds sang except those that sang best.
No instruction equals the simple procedure of employing every opportunity to speak publicly. More than any other human activity, this is learned by doing and improved by practice.

The way to develop self-confidence in public speaking is simply by speaking in public.

The first public speaking lesson just as the first swimming lesson requires gathering up enough confidence to try. A library of literature on swimming techniques about the breaststroke, Australian crawl, or diving as the experts do it, is without meaning until the beginner shakes off his shakes. Until the swimmer (or speaker) discovers that what he fears is not the water (or the audience) but him¬self, he is lacking in confidence and further effort is a waste of time.

Fight Your Public Speaking Anxiety
Even after the initial lesson, almost everyone who rises to speak suffers some degree of stage fright. Many distinguished speakers admit recurring nervousness. Veteran Illinois Senator Paul Douglas admits that it may be due to the unusualness of the situation—but a moment’s reflection upon his message readily allays any fleeting apprehensions.

Recurring stage fright is just a mental uneasiness that can usually be relieved by taking several deep breaths to restore your composure and cure any palpitations.
Senator Robert Kerr observes, “I just don’t let that recur¬ring feeling rob me of my reward.” He feels that when a speaker is fully informed on his subject, he knows more about it at the moment than anyone present, and that thought in itself destroys any mental hazards.

Oklahoma Senator Mike Monroney’s remedy is, “Ra¬tionalize the situation. Recall that this is the moment you’ve been waiting for!”

Remember that a speaker who has a full understanding of his subject radiates confidence. He is as confident that his seeds of thought will sprout, as is the gardener who buys grass seed and a lawn mower at the same time.

The important fact for an embryo orator to bear in mind is that his ability to appear publicly and present his speech was established in that initial crucible when he learned to fight his own fright.

The ability to speak with confidence comes from taking a decision to speak. Once this decision is made it is important to get started and persist. Be thoroughly prepared and know your subject and you have a foundation for being confident. Your first appearance in public need only be brief. By being persistent and learning more about public speaking you will develop into a person who can speak with confidence to any size audience.

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