How To Go From Nervous To Confident On Stage
Written on the 16 April 2018 by Janet Culpitt
Public speaking and nervousness often come hand in hand. I've witnessed a number of speakers present on stage and I can easily tell who are nervous and who are adept at hiding it. There is no denying nervousness is an emotion that can be quite challenging, if not impossible to quell, but it doesn't mean you can't do it.
As a speaker, I get nervous myself. It's an emotion I am fairly familiar with. However, I have discovered two effective strategies that have allowed me to go from being a nervous wreck to having bold confidence on stage regardless if you're speaking to five people or a thousand. Sure, I still get nervous from time to time but the difference now is I know how to put myself together and deal with it and that's what I am going to teach you.
1. Make Your Audience Laugh
Nothing curbs nervousness better than having a good laugh. A witty joke works every time. When I see the audience chuckle, it makes me confident that my speech is going to start off on the right foot. It lightens the mood, eases the tension and more importantly it helps me relax. Furthermore, laughing together also creates a bond between you and your audience.
Many of you may think that memorising your speech will make you feel more confident on stage. Well, many of you are mistaken. Memorisation is a recipe for disaster. When you memorise a speech, there's a big chance that you won't be able to feel and express the emotions behind it. And trust me, your audience can tell. Instead of a lively, fun and interactive speech, your audience will perceive it as dull and boring and you might as well email them the content and they'll read it themselves. My suggestion? Study it well. Know the topic inside and out, rehearse it until you become confident that even though you miss some words verbatim, you can still get your message across in perfect clarity.
If you want to learn how to become an effective speaker, learn how to build rapport and do business with the people you meet I am inviting you to the Evolution For Progress Event hosted by myself and Sharon Jurd on the 16th of May 2018 in Toowoomba.
Author: Janet Culpitt
About: Janet Culpitt is a mentor for passionate SME business owners, looking to expand their business and create a successful plan for growth and sustainability. Her life long experience in the business industry and entrepreneurship, allows her to educate and lead her clients to developing impeccable skills in networking, forming long lasting connections.Connect via: Twitter LinkedIn