How to gain confidence for public speaking

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I remember having stood in the podium of my school auditorium holding a note in my right hand which was getting drenched from my sweaty palm. It was Teacher’s day and I was supposed to deliver a speech for the occasion. Given the fact that I was the head boy of the school, I had a lot on my plate. I had done all the preparations for the occasion except one – the Teacher’s Day speech. While I was confident in most of the things that I did, there was this one thing where I failed to show confidence – public speaking.

I had somehow managed to speak out that day. But that was a lesson for me. Since that day, I have made efforts and worked on learning and improving the art of public speaking. I have come a long way from there. Now, I am in a position where I can offer lessons on public speaking and building self-confidence. In this article, I am going to share with you some of my best tips that can help you build confidence for public speaking.

1. Choose the topic wisely

One of the mistakes many people make is that they choose a topic that they have no interest in. Just think about it. Would you enjoy talking about something that you are not interested in? Definitely not. It is really important to choose a topic that you love to talk about. This will make your speech natural. Isn’t that what you want?

2. Simplify your vocabulary

Assuming that you have a good command on English vocabulary, it is advisable to avoid complex words in your speech. Try to keep it simple. However, make sure that you don’t mess up your Grammar. I have seen a lot of speakers who use English as their second language speak incorrect English. Learn to use the right Grammar and you will make your life easier. For reference, visit the website www.testforenglish.com.

3. Practice

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There is no better way to prepare for a speech than practice. Spend an ideal amount of time every day in practice. You can practice anywhere and everywhere. There is no place where you can’t practice speaking. You can practice it in the bathroom. You can practice it on the subway. In fact, I suggest that you practice in places where you can easily get distracted.

4. Breathe

While you get yourself ready for the speech, make sure that you are relaxed. A lot of people get tensed up before going on stage. It’s normal to feel this way. However, it’s not normal to stay this way. You have to make sure that you are confident enough for the speech. Practice deep breathing. This will help you relax your nerves and make you feel confident.

5. Smile

Standing in front of an audience is an opportunity to share your thoughts with so many people at the same time. While people may listen to you, you may also put them off with your body language. Make sure you do not let this happen. Make sure to smile during your talk. This will help you set a good tone with the audience.

These were the tips I wanted to share with you. Hope you found these useful.