5 Tips for improving Public Speaking & Overcoming Anxiety

Public speaking can be intimidating prospect for many people, especially those in leadership roles, with the help of a coach , you can build the confidence you need to become an effective and inspiring speaker. When I was younger, I was terrified of public speaking. I would get nervous just thinking about it, and when the time came to speak in front of a group ,my voice would shake, and my hands would sweat. However, overtime, I learned to overcome my fear by practicing and using a variety techniques to build my confidence.

1. Prepare and practice

One of the most important steps in becoming an effective public speaker is preparation. You should start developing a clear and concise message that you want to convey audience. Once you have your message, practice delivering it in front of a mirror, to friends or family, or record yourself speaking and listen to it identify areas of improvement.

2. Use body language and tone affectively

Your body language and tone of voice are powerful tools that can help you connect with audience. Make
eye contact, use hand gestures, and vary your tone of voice to keep your audience engaged and interested.

3. Tell stories

People love stories. Telling stories can help you connect with your audience on a deeper level and make your message more memorable. Use anecdotes, examples and personal experiences to illustrate your points and make your speech more relatable.

4. Engage with your audience

Engaging with your audience can help to build a connection and create a sense of community. Ask questions, encourage participation and tailor your message to your audience to ensure that they engaged and interested.

5. Embrace your nervousness

It’s natural to feel nervous before speaking in public but instead of trying to suppress your nervousness, embrace it.
Use your nervous energy to your advantage, channel it into your speech, and use it to project your message with enthusiasm and authenticity.