Public Speaking Tips – Overcoming the Fear of Your Own Speaking Materials

In life there is so many things we can be fearful and remain fearful of… and the fears of public speaking is definitely one of them.

Now apart from having to overcome the fear of our public speaking audience, you’ve now have one more thing to be fearful of – your own material or content.

… “What if the topic that I’m going to talk about isn’t interesting to the audience?” or “Will my audience understand all those technical terms that I’m talking about?

Often, we worry that we do not measure up to the expectations of the audience, and this put undue stress on ourselves.

The truth is, if you’ve put in the necessary work in preparing for your speaking engagement and followed through the steps in overcoming your fears of public speaking,, then you’ve done well in preparing yourself.

And probably the next thing you can do is to trust yourself that you’ll do well, if not fantastically well during your public speaking engagement and receive a standing ovation at the end of your speech.

However, if you haven’t follow the advice, then there’s really ground for you to be fearful of… If you know your limitations and you do not change and improve,then you have a problem.

The thing about fear is it will be heightened or dampened on the occasion of your performance. If you’ve performed well, your confidence in public speaking will soar.

Likewise, if you fail to prepare well beforehand and you performed poorly, or not as well as you’ve expected, then your confidence will plummeted, building up your fear on public speaking.

If you’ve researched your material and prepare your lesson well; then there is nothing you need to be afraid of except simple stage fright.

While Murphy’s Law states that “if anything can go wrong, it will“, good prior preparation will let you know exactly what to do when Murphy Law strikes you.

Good prior and rigorouse preparations have the following advantages:

  • Develop confidence in front of an audience
  • Deliver your speech with style
  • Design your presentation/speech with clarity and purpose
  • Discover the speech in you
  • Understand the effectiveness of verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Make you a persuasive, assertive and competent leader
  • And much more…

Of course, do not confuse public speaking with public reading. While it is important to prepare amply for your speaking engagement, however, truly effective presentation is when you connect with your audience not only with words but emotionally as well.

Oftentimes, too much preparation can backfire. It makes you look rigid, emotionless and sound like a lecturer, something you’ll want to avoid at all cause!

Of course, now the issue boils down to what is considered sufficient preparations? How do you know how much you should prepare, what should you prepare or even how to go about making those preparations?

For many public speakers, they stumble throughout their speaking careers making laughable yet very avoidable public speaking mistakes – they learn their lessons and gain their experience the hard way. But that need not be you!

In fact, one of the easiest and most effective way is to engage a professional and seasoned public speaking trainer in your preparations for your important speaking engagements.