One of the greatest human anxieties is speaking in front of a group. Glossophobia, as psychologists name it, affects a large percentage of people in any community. Even folks who have comfortably talked to groups in the past may experience dry mouth, dyspnea, blushing, sweating, mind blanks, or a variety of other incapacitating symptoms when speaking to a different group. Even the best-prepared presenters can succumb to the disease. So, what options are available to you?
Many of these fears are founded on assumptions that have grown up around public speaking, and dispelling these myths can be the key to success. Lets look at some of these Public Speaking Myths
First Myth : I’m not qualified to discuss this subject.
‘Imposter Syndrome’ is a condition that affects all speakers at some point. You believe that in order to speak about something, you must be an authority on it. If anyone else in the room knows anything about this, they should speak up. To be able to share, you must be conversant with your subject and/or have some expertise in the field – but leave the ‘expert’ label at home. Even though everyone in the room is familiar with your topic, you provide a fresh perspective and a different focus to the conversation that makes it worthwhile.
Second Myth: If I have more stuff, I’ll be more fascinating
We cram so much information into our presentations that they become a data dump rather than a speech. Non-essential information may usually be removed to improve most presentations. Identify the most important facts and use examples, illustrations, word pictures, and stories to bring them to life.
Third Myth : I’ve failed if I leave something out
It is a common misconception that the audience is interested in what you left out. If you leave out a vital step or a significant element, they will be perplexed; nonetheless, it is only important to you that the presentation be presented exactly as planned.
The primary risk is that your ambition to get it right takes precedence over your ability to captivate your audience. If people don’t listen, it’s a waste of effort to ‘get it right.’ Don’t be concerned if something is missing
Fourth Myth: Some subjects are simply dull
There are no dull topics, only dull presentations. Find examples, case studies, and tales that will help your material become more relevant to your target audience.
Don’t let your fear of speaking hold you back any longer. Use these tips.
Fifth Myth: I can’t get lost or go blank
Even for full-time professionals, momentary memory lapses are typical when speaking. Make a train of thought with your main points so you can refer back to it if you get lost. Make a note of any relevant names or phrases and highlight them so you can find them quickly. The audience will most likely not notice if you check your notes, and even if they do, it will be irrelevant. This is not a memory test; your ability to recall your presentation has no bearing on your credibility in front of the audience.
Sixth Myth : If I’m good, they’ll pay attention from beginning to end
We all wish for undivided attention, and we write our presentations with this in mind. The truth is that just a small percentage of people will pay attention to everything you have to say. They’re effectively switching channels between what you’re saying and their own attitude or experience. Internalizing is necessary for involvement, yet it detracts from attention and recall. To ensure that people can follow when they switch back on,’ you must compensate with powerful recurrent theme(s) and repetition.