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Fujairah Toastmasters - The Stage to get over your Fear

TMlogo gif“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” — Eleanor Roosevelt


Have you ever feared speaking in front of an audience? Have you ever visualized yourself giving a killer speech and all the audience congratulating you on your performance? If you have read so far then I am sure you want to improve and fix this area of your life. And whatever your answer to those questions were, I will show you how you can fix this area. However, I can only give you the knowledge and show you the path .The part of actually using and applying the knowledge is upto you. Here are 5 steps to find liberation and actualization on the path of Public Speaking:


Face your fear. The first step to resolving any problem is to admit it exists, get it out in the open so you can deal with it, and have faith that you will eventually get over it. Isolation only enhances the fear so remember: you’re far from alone and in very good company. If you’re brave enough to be honest with yourself and face your fear, you will overcome it.


Know your material cold. It will help your confidence immensely to know your material backwards and forwards. Don’t memorize, just be clear on the information you want to get across, your key points and messages, that sort of thing. People who look calm and relaxed on stage - who think well on their feet - are confident because they’re prepared. They know their stuff.


Remember, it’s not all about you. Overachievers tend to have big egos. We think all eyes are always on us. What we never seem to realize is that, while everyone in the room may be looking at us, probably half of them are mostly interested in the content and the rest are distracted by their own mini-dramas. Besides, if even a quarter of the audience has the same fear you do, that’s a lot of empathy.


Interact with your audience. You can relieve your feelings of isolation by interacting with the audience, by asking leading questions, by telling them stories they can relate to. You’ll instantly feel more comfortable and so will your audience. Ironically, that will also make you a more dynamic and engaging speaker.


Ask yourself, what’s the worst thing that can happen? It’s funny how that simple question can diffuse just about any life problem. It certainly applies here. If your hands shake, you screw up, or you panic and bolt, so what? First, that’s not likely to happen; it’s all in your head. But what if it does? You’ll pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and live to fight another day. Failing is part of business and life. This is no different. 


Well, whoever says is completely confident of public speaking is lying to you. The truth is no matter how much you practice there will be some fear and anxiety before your next performance. However, the anxiety will be controlled by you rather than the other way around. At toastmasters this is exactly what we give. It’s an opportunity for you to face your fear again and again. No Theories, No B.S. just facing it by doing over and over. Perhaps few years down the line you will feel that anxiety before your speech at the International Conference and there you will be looking at your fear and laughing at it saying “Not today my friend, not today.”


Esmaeel Akther


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