There is no question that after giving about four speeches, I have become a much better overall public speaker. In the beginning of the semester, I would tend to get nervous during some of my speeches and consequently the delivery of my speech would be greatly affected. If I had made a mistake, my level of nervousness would drastically increase and I wouldn’t know how to correct it. Although today I have improved on these aspects. Normally in order to control my nerves I try to think as positively as possible. This is critical because when I start to think even a little bit negatively then I severely hurt my chances of giving a good speech. Instead today, my main priority is to stay very confident and tell myself that I’m going to perform fine.
For all those deathly afraid of talking in front of unknown strangers, here are some ways to help while presenting, and feel a little less anxiety, I hope. I recently watched the Ted Talk titled “How to Spot a Liar” by Pamela Meyer. This Talk was very intriguing and made me think about myself, which is something I like after watching a speech. But as I was watching, I came over some characteristics of an effective speaker and speech.
The most difficult part in presenting to an audience is the anxiety that can happen with public speaking. As David Wallechinsky and Irving Wallace (as cited by Geraldine Hynes, 2016) found out when they conducted a surveyed that consisted of three thousand individuals sharing; they felt more fear of public speaking, then that of dying. Consequently, as nerve racking as public speaking can be, for people to improve their skills, he/she must practice presenting and self-reflection on each of their presentation.
One of my more vivid experiences of public speaking was when I was taking a class at a community college. While taking this class I would often have to give speeches and demonstrations in front of the class. As I was waiting for my turn to give my very first speech, I was very certain that I would have no problems at all, it would a piece of cake, or so I thought. All of a sudden, I hear my name being called as it was my turn to deliver a knockout performance, but as I stood in front of that small class of people I just blanked out. An overwhelming amount of anxiety came over of me. I could feel my heart beginning to race and my hands starting to sweat. I could not for the life of me remember what I was going supposed say. In addition, the
In total my board took 7 hours to make. In hindsight I could have spent less time making my board and more time rehearsing my speech. Considering the speech part is what’s important. I felt very tense when in front of people, which is really not normal for me. Growing up performing I figured this should come naturally for me. Considering that one of my old extra curriculars were focused on performing in front of hundreds of people and being judged and rated. I felt like I wasn’t as prepared to speak as I should have been which made me feel very nervous. I felt like I did a good job of looking out at the audience. Because this was about my life, it was fairly easy to talk about and not rely on my notecards. When the flaps of my board weren’t
Your chest is tight and you feel like you’re on fire. Your chest is tight ant you’re burning up. The flash cards in your hands are crumpled from you squeezing them obsessively. You look up and see dozens of eyes staring at you, waiting expectantly. Taking a deep breath, you stumble through the speech. When it’s finally over, you practically run back to your seat, cheeks flaming bright red. You slump down, already dreading the next time you’ll have to deal with your upmost fear: public speaking.
Public speaking used to be a daunting task that I would try to avoid as often as possible, often I would be the last to present a project and would refrain myself from having to read outloud. When I would speak my head would fill with thoughts of how other were perceiving me and how easy it would be to mess up. With this nervous mentality my speaking was stuttered and confusing.
In order to make progress we should know what prevent us from being successful, what specifically causes this type of social anxiety. From my own experiences, I have realized that the fear of speaking in public is triggered by three things – fear of forgetting, fear of judgment and the expectation of perfection. Even though I practice before I give a speech that is not enough for me to succeed. Being in front of the audience makes me feel anxious, nervous, apprehensive and concerned. Sometimes these symptoms make me forget everything. As McDermott said, “Much of the pressure and anxiety of public speaking arises from the unrealistic expectation of recalling every word of talk in its exact order.” So I try not to memorize all the information, instead I connect my ideas by using different methods. In this way I manage the fear of forgetting. In addition speaker, including myself, are also concerned about the audience’s judgment. The main purpose is to grab their attention, share
I am fairly nervous for my speech today because I didn’t get to prepare as well as I would have liked. I got called into work last night and had to work with a new person and they had no clue how to do anything, so not only did I have to train them, but I didn’t get to practice my speech as much as I would have liked. I almost guarantee I’m going to talk too fast and not make the time limit. I’m also a little apprehensive just because of the type of speech this is, and I have never actually done a toast before. I have spoken in front of many people before at a ceremony in my high school, because I was a board member in National Honor Society. I had to speak on behalf of my fellow members and honor the new inductees. I am really hoping, and
During the speech, I was also a good speaker in many ways. I had a good voice projection, my hand moment was consistent, I was always facing the audience and held eye contact, and had facial expressions to emphasize the importance of a topic. Right off the bat when I was explaining my citation saying According to the U.S Census Bureau “there are alone 5.7% Asian’s in the United States,” I was pointing my hands to make sure everyone was paying attention to the numbers. Another thing I did well during the speech was, that I kept eye contact with everyone during the speech
The days leading up to my group presentation, my confidence was soaring in regards to my defense. I had practiced my lines and put in the effort to ensure my presentation would go off without a hitch. However,
- What I did well during my speech was looking at my audience. I was always facing my audience and have a quick view to my PowerPoint. I believe I did well on these aspects because I wasn’t like the other students always looking at the PowerPoint and not even facing the audience. I know this is a public speaking class and the point is to talk to our audience while facing them.
In public speaking of any form to a diverse group of individuals, my main consideration as the speaker is my concentration on the audience that I am speaking to. In starting an effective presentation,
Three (3) techniques are ideal for practicing your speech and memorizing it very effectively. The first one is called the mental crowd simulator. To explain what it is in a few lines, we can say that it can be compared to daydreaming. You know, just like when you daydream while your favorite song is playing and at the same time, you are imagining yourself singing that song in front of a huge crowd? Well, this technique works the same way, where you have already memorized your speech, and you imagine yourself giving that speech to a large audience.
It is a tough speech for me to introduce myself clearly in a couple of minutes. The only way to improve is to rehearse a lot and refresh the resume. After I research the elevator speech, I find out elevator speech is a unique tool which is not only for present interview, but is also for future careers. Professional use elevator speech to introduce their products, and services to the customer. This research turns the issue back to the communication skill, and it adds confidence and enthusiasm. I should plan to improve my communication