It is inevitable! At some point in time you will need to communicate with other people. Even if we were to create an extreme situation where we think the transfer of information is not occurring… it probably is. “Hey Moe, what if I decide not to speak for the rest of my life?” That’s fine and all, however, this would be extremely hard, and also would you really want to do that? Plus, you will still be communicating to other people through gestures, emotions, etc. It is hard to think of a situation where we do not need this skill and still be effective communicators. Which leaves us with one option, and that is to look for ways to enhance our forms of communication.
Furthermore, there are multiple obstacles that are holding people back; one of the biggest attributes to this is fear or another words, stage fright. According to the article “Fear of Public Speaking Hardwired: Speech Anxiety Worse for Some, but Most Can Overcome It,” by Daniel J. DeNoon from WebMD Health News, he interviews Dr. Paul L. Witt who is an assistant professor of communication studies at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth. One thing, in which Dr. Witt stated, was that there are plenty of people who fear speaking in public, “it is even scarier than rattlesnakes.” “The idea of making a presentation in public is the No. 1 fear reported by people in the U.S.” I, as a student, have encountered multiple times, this feeling which Dr. Witt is explaining throughout high school and sometimes in college. Nevertheless, I have learned some steps along the way, which reduced my fear in talking in front of people, and improved my public speaking skills.
Know Your Information
This is what I believe to be one of the most important elements in assuring not only a good presentation but also as a great confidence booster. Knowing the ins and outs of your topic in times of nervousness or hesitation, could save you an embarrassing moment and better your presentation.
Now that you know your information, it is time to organize your thoughts and give it structure. This will help you navigate through your talk, speech, or presentation. Where the only thing on your mind is your information outlined in the way you feel is best. Which in theory would eliminate the noise, which can distract you in the environment you are in.
Practice, practice, practice! One of the most cliché sayings out there, “practice makes perfect,” in this case it applies just as much. The more you practice your presentation/speech; it would feel like second nature, which will make it go smoother.