3 Tips for Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking

February 27, 2013

Jerry Seinfeld has his famous bit about public speaking, where he spouts that people fear public speaking more than death, which means that most people would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy.

But public speaking doesn’t have to inspire such terror.

In the following video, Steven D. Cohen, instructor for the Extension School course Oral Communication in the Workplace, offers three tips to help you quell your fears.

Video synopsis: visualize, relax, and practice

Here are the three strategies Cohen suggests in the above video to help you overcome your fear of public speaking:

  1. Visualize yourself succeeding. See yourself going through every step of the speech, from the walk to the stage to the applause at the end.
  2. Relax! The “t-repeater,” a breathing exercise to relieve your nerves before speaking, and easing into eye contact can help you stay calm in front of a crowd.
  3. Practice in specific ways. You don’t want to memorize the entire speech, but instead focus more on the introduction and conclusion of your presentation.

These tips, demonstrated in the video, can you help you learn how to be confident in front of a crowd.

Becoming comfortable speaking publicly can have numerous benefits, whether they be professional or personal. Who knows, after some practice you may even come to enjoy your time in front of an audience!

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Loie Williams replied:

Short, clear,and inspiring reminder of tips on how to be a better speaker, but also on a healthy perspective of opportunity preparing for the speech. Thank you!