Not everyone enjoys speaking in front of large groups. In fact, some people rank their fear of public speaking above their fear of death.
But life requires communication, and knowing how to do it well will serve you in meetings, interviews, and almost any situation where you need to express an idea convincingly.
To help manage your pre-speaking jitters, the people at Psychology Today have put together a short list of ways to keep things in perspective and put that nervous energy to good use. (As an aside, I know many seasoned orators who insist they still get a little jangley before talk, but they use it to fuel their delivery.)
Once you’ve found your calm center, check out this article from Evernote. It describes 17 public speaking tips that will help you refine your message and keep your audience engaged, which in itself will boost your confidence.
Like most challenging tasks public speaking gets easier with practice, so find opportunities to practice these skills and get comfortable with your own voice. Once you believe it, everyone else will too.
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