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We recommend visiting your local Toastmasters club to see how it works. To find out more about Toastmasters, visit their web site at this address: http://www.toastmasters.org
Quick Tips for Conquering Your Fear
- Everyone gets nervous before a speech. Even former President Clinton has talked about how he still gets nervous before speeches, even after having spoken in front of all kinds of audiences all over world. Experienced speakers talk about harnessing that nervousness and using it to energize and inspire yourself to give a better speech. Plus, they say nervousness generally goes away after first couple of minutes of speaking and turns into a feeling of excitement and exhiliration.
- There usually isn't as much at stake as you think there is. People often make mistake of assigning an unreasonable amount of importance to people in their audience. The truth is most audience members in any given situation are preoccupied with their own thoughts: what they're going to do later that day, their relationship with their spouse, their kids, personal problems, etc. Your speech is much less important to them than it is to you. And they will be much less critical of your performance than you are. Plus, no matter who is in your audience, they are not more important than your family members and people who truly care about you.
- The speech does not have to be perfect. As mentioned earlier, there's a tendency to compare yourself with polished public speakers you see on TV. Your audience will not expect you to be at that level, and you should not expect it of yourself.
- The most important ingredient in a good speech is preperation. This often requires investing time in researching topic ahead of time so that you have enough material that you could speak for at least twice amount of time allotted. If your speech has information that audience finds interesting or that they did not know before, you will have done a good job as a speaker.
Scott Brown is the author of the Job Search Handbook (http://www.JobSearchHandbook.com). As editor of the HireSites.com weekly newsletter on job searching, Scott has written many articles on the subject. He wrote the Job Search Handbook to provide job seekers with a complete yet easy to use guide to finding a job effectively.