Most people have some degree of nervousness when speaking in public. But being the nervous public speaker should not hold you back. The best antidote to fear or nervousness is, believe it or not, embracing it–moving forward anyway. Once you start, the fear begins to decrease.
Think back on all the times in your life when you have been the most nervous, the most fearful. In most cases, our fears were way worse than what really ended up happening. Usually, the actual situation is far better than what our fears told us it would be.
When we use the word “fearless,” we don’t really mean that one is completely without fear! It means that the speaker can go ahead and do well, despite the fear. The Nike slogan applies quite well here. “Fear less. Do more. Get outside and get after it.”
Read back through our list, you will see that most of the habits we have that cause fear of public speaking are also the habits that just need to be turned around to help people get past being the nervous public speaker. So, instead of seeing a failure, see a success! Instead of being anxious, be excited! It is in your hands.
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