Few things elicit the level of fear and self-doubt brought about by public speaking. The physical act alone of standing up in front of a crowd leaves us feeling exposed and vulnerable. What if my mind goes blank? What if I mess up? What do I do with my hands? I hope I don’t ramble and get off topic. Add to that the pressure to deliver value, be entertaining, and represent ourselves or our business in a good light and it’s no wonder we sometimes balk at the opportunity.
When I work with people that have a fear of public speaking, there’s always an a-ha around how much preparation is needed. We’re not taught how to prepare, or even that it matters, so most people don’t know how to set themselves up for success at the front of the room. Fear not. In honor of Freedom from Fear of Public Speaking Month, here are four foolproof ways to master your fear, show up at your best, and even enjoy the experience.
With the right preparation, you can fast-track your experience from freaked out to fearless at the front of the room. And who knows, you might even have a little fun while you’re at it.
Cassie Nevitt is the personal presence expert for conscious women who want to increase their positive impact, but struggle to show up at their best under pressure. When it comes to helping clients develop the presence to speak at the front of the room, ace an interview, or be seen and heard in the boardroom, she’s the industry expert. Cassie is the creator of the Present with Confidence trainings, workshops, and coaching, and Momentum, a women’s mastermind community for conscious entrepreneurs.