If the thought of public speaking sends you into a fit of nerves and starts a waterfall of sweat, you are not alone. The reality is most people are not comfortable with the idea of having to express their thoughts and ideas in front of total strangers. While in reality the majority of us will never have the need to make a speech in from of an auditorium full of people, most of us will be required to make a presentation for our work, college classes or even a one on one job interview.
The first thing we need to remember for public speaking is to not think so much about whether we are interesting or not, but focus more on sounding natural. At times if we try too hard to get all the points of our speech in, in a certain allotted time, we wind up sounding scripted and strained. Learning to relax and having fun with your words can make the biggest difference between a speech that is long and boring, to one that will have them asking for more.
In the next post I will go into more detail about how to make this possible and exercises to help you have more confidence in your public speaking experiences.