We’ve all been put in the spot light at least once or twice in our lives and were invited to speak whether we were prepared to or not 🎤 Although it’s one of the leading fears in America, public speaking is an area that is heavily enforced in many settings, especially in classrooms and workplaces.
When speaking to large audiences, people tend to experience anxiety, phobias, sweating, and trembles, etc. Many of these experiences are exasperated by fear related to beliefs that one will make a mistake, that the audience will not be interested, or that you are not fully prepared. However, a large portion of these experiences of fear are hypothetical, in the sense that it has not happened, and it probably won’t happen either.
Upon being invited to speak we often associate the opportunity with negative events and we think of worst case scenarios. Occasionally, we get so caught up in the possibility of these negative events occurring while standing in front of others that it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. However, this does not have to be the case for you❗️Just as well as you are capable of identifying negative scenarios that can occur, you are also capable of identify positive scenarios, which you should welcome 😉. (As a man thinketh, so shall he be- Proverbs 23:7)
Before we get too deep into this topic, let’s first identify reasons why people are invited to speak …Often times people have been identified as being knowledgeable or skilled in a subject or area, and others see where they may present information that is beneficial to others. In other instances people may be required to present for a class assignment and even in this instance, the information shared is insightful to others. The point that I’m making is: when you are invited to present, it’s already been identified that you have something valuable to share and that you are the ideal person for the job! 💡However, realizing this is only half of the public speaking battle…the other half is actually preparing for the job.
Gift of Gab- the ability to speak with eloquence and fluency, in a way that makes people want to listen to you and believe you.
Originally I thought having “The Gift of Gab” was something that only certain people were born with and others just didn’t have. However, I’ve come to realize that “The Gift of Gab” is a skill that is developed over time ⏳ (take time to develop yours 🔑). I have also come to realize that with practice and preparation, the fear that is often associated with public speaking diminishes.
Tips for Public Speaking 🎤 (Adopted from Toastmasters International):
- Know your subject and your speech…this helps to overcome nervousness. Master the topic so that you can master your presentation…know the order of your presentation…Prepare and Practice.
- Know your audience and your space…understand and respect their unique characteristics, and tailor your presentation to fit their needs. Also ensure that there won’t be any limitations in the space where you will be presenting. (I.e…If you’ll be using a PowerPoint make sure that the equipment is there).
- Never apologize…your audience does not have a clue of how your presentation should go, so keep going and reroute yourself back to the point that may have been skipped. If you apologize, you call attention to the wrong part of the presentation
- Imagine yourself giving a great speech…visualize yourself making valid points and use what works. Practice in the mirror or on family and friends.
- Focus on your message not on yourself…don’t let your nervousness win buy focusing on yourself. Keep in mind that you’re giving this talk for an important reason, so focus on what’s important, which is the message.
Isaiah 41:10- “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”