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Public speaking—harness your shyness

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Does the thought of facing a crowd gives you pins and needles? Do you seem to run out of words while standing on the stage? Do you feel your heartbeat in your throat instead of rib cage in such situations?....And your vision gets blurred and you feel your legs shaking, palms sweating cold behind the podium? I know if not all, but most of you are nodding your head in affirmation while reading these line.

The good news is that you are not alone in this case. Everyone…. yes everyone who is the best speaker you see on the media now has been through such moments because that’s the way to become a successful speaker. It’s a process to overcome shy factor. So, My first advice is ‘ Go through it.’ These awkward feelings will go away on their own when you dare to encounter public speaking scenario.

As I always stress upon the key factor called ‘practice’. Practice in front of a mirror, practice in front of a camera alone and practice in front of close friends is the way to begin this venture. The more you practice, the better you get at this art of speaking. Most students memories their speeches word for word and they sound like reading when they stand to speak on the stage. I do not recommend the idea of memorizing a piece of paper in fact because it snatches away the naturality of expression. Judges want to see something coming from you naturally. Be simple in your speech and do not be verbose because verbosity can confuse the listeners. Being simple is the best way to convey your ideas.

Here are a few general ‘cool tips’ Speak from your heart, live in what you are saying by maintaining eye contact with the audience. This will establish a bonding between you and your listeners. People only pay attention when they can feel that passion and emotion coming from your voice and body gestures. You have got to grip your audience’ attention by using your voice and body as a tool.

Watching professional speakers on youku.com or any similar site can help a great deal. I would recommend watching Jim Rohn, Anthony Robbins, Bill Clinton, Les Brown and many other great speakers. They are a good source of inspiration for us. Observe their body language, choice of words, how they involve their audience, and the confidence they possess. I hope you will acquire many skills only by watching them..

Prepare with prep techniques, like writing note cards and practicing it in front of your friends. Learn to relax. Everyone understands the pressure and the stress involved with public speaking, so know your audience will be empathetic toward your efforts. Just remember the basics-to stand up straight, smile, and make eye contact—and be yourself, because personality and genuine enthusiasm are key to making great connection.

Have a good day!

Students are welcome to contact me at rizteacher@yahoo.com for further guidance. I will be pleased to answer their questions.


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Public speaking—harness your shyness

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Public speaking—harness your shyness

Riz Qamar is an English teacher in China. He was born and raised in India, grew up in a tiny wee village. He graduated in English Literature and Education as major subjects and became a teacher.