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How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking?

How to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking?

public speaking fearHave you ever stood in front of an audience and felt so nervous that you couldn’t remember what you wanted to say?
Are you afraid of the unknown?
How to overcome your fear of public speaking?

The following video is part of a series of Toastmasters’ time-tested tips which will help you learn how to recognize and manage the fears associated with public speaking.

Here is the summary of what has been covered in the video:

First, pinpoint those emotional triggers that cause fear to escalate. Then identify the physical symptoms produced by anxiety. And finally, review techniques to help you manage your fear.

What causes anxiety?

  • The unknown
  • Failing
  • The audience’s opinion

Physical Symptoms

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Queasy stomach
  • Sweating and dry mouth

Managing Fear

  • Practice
  • Visualize a great speech
  • Have a beverage handy
  • Relax
  • Take slow, deep breaths
  • Stretch before you speak

Incorporate the tips and the techniques above and in no time you will be amazed at how quickly you will be able to convert nervous energy into positive energy and successfully manage your fear.

Practice is the key to helping you improve in public speaking. Join a toastmaster club and learn how to manage your public speaking fear.

You are welcome to visit our Kampong Ubi Toastmasters Club if you are living in Singapore.


Two Questions about Overcome Fear of Public Speaking

“Two Questions about Overcome Fear of Public Speaking”

I have received an email from a reader recently.

He has two questions about overcome fear of public speaking.
Please see the questions and my reply to him as follows.

Q1. Could you advise normally it would take how long to overcome the fear of public speaking?

It depends on individuals!
If a person has a great desire to overcome fear of public speaking, he or she can gradually control this fear if time is spent on reading the manual and doing the speech projects. If one only watch others doing their speeches and does not actively participate, it will not be easy to improve his or her confidence. The key to improving a person’s presentation skills is to do speech projects regularly.

“Practice makes prefect!”

Q2. Will there be personal coaching for shy people?

A mentor will be assigned to guide each new member for the first few speeches.
“Mentors serve as role models, coaches and confidantes, offering knowledge, insight, perspective and wisdom to less experienced members…”

Guests are very welcome to attend our next month’s normal chapter meeting.

Join Toastmasters and find a club that you like to practise your speeches in a friendly environments. You are welcome to visit our Kampong Ubi Toastmasters Club if you are living in Singapore.



Youtube Videos – Overcome Fear of Public Speaking

“Youtube Videos – Overcome Fear of Public Speaking”

Here are two good youtube videos taking about how to overcome Fear of Public Speaking. Enjoy!

Club President 2007-2008
Kowloon-Singapore Toastmasters Club


Michelle Yozzo Drake – Overcoming Fear of Public Speaking

“Fear of public speaking ranks higher than fear of DEATH! Michelle Yozzo Drake reveals her secrets for overcoming the fear of public speaking to deliver powerful presentations”

How to Overcome Fear of Public Speaking: Be a Confident Speaker

“”There are many speaker myths out there that need to be dispelled in order to overcome the fear of public speaking,” says Larina Kase and Harrison Monarth, authors of “The Confident Speaker.”
One is, if you’re anxious you will not perform well. In reality we actually need anxiety to perform well; we just need the right level of anxiety. People start getting a little nervous, they feel their heart beating quickly and they think oh no, I’m anxious, I’m not going to do a good job when we found in research that in fact when people are a bit anxious they do a fine job.
You can be proactive and learn supportive, empowering strategies that will help you to go from scared speechless to confident speaker…”