How to Build Confidence for a Speech

Make sure you’re prepared, well-practiced, well rested, and dressed to impress. Instead of sweating your turn or feeling scared just remember to breathe and stay calm, cool, and collective. One precaution that should be taken is to try to figure out why you are nervous. Once that is established you can begin working on a solution and build up that first layer or level of confidence. Next thing to do is a given! Be prepared because practice makes perfect! Another thing is to talk to someone, ask advice, and practice, practice, practice. This is where CALL comes in handy. There are mentors there waiting to help and give one on one advice students just like you practice the speech, perfect the speech, and help alleviate the stress and nerves of public speaking. There’s a Jerry Seinfeld quote: “According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Yes, death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the coffin than doing the eulogy!”

Flash forward it’s the big day! Try to remain calm. Do some breathing exercises and don’t forget to hydrate. As you walk up there look the part. Show the audience that you know what you talking about. Act confident and confidence will come to you. Also remember to always do your best and have fun. Always uphold your thoughts and actions. It is a fact that we tend to be harder on ourselves more than anybody else. Public speaking is an intimidating thing to several people, so there is nothing to be embarrassed about. Lastly, never settle on mistakes that were made. After reading this I really hope it helps boost your self-confidence and get rid of any fears.

References:

http://www.wikihow.com/Get-the-Confidence-to-Speak-in-Front-of-a-Class
http://www1.dcsdk12.org/secondary/cvhs/tv/hardin/video/oral_comm/strategies_to_build_public_speaking.pdf
http://presenterskills.co.uk/How%20to%20Build%20Confidence%20and%20Reduce%20Stress%20when%20Public%20Speaking.pdf

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