“How do I get confident speaking in public?”
This question was asked by Melissa, one of my mentee's, at our initial session last Monday.
Melissa’s question is one that I’m often asked, so let’s look at how you too can feel confident speaking in public.
The initial area to look at when either speaking in public or considering the presentation is where your awareness is being directed or focussed.
This focus is most likely to be on the meeting audience.
While this is the correct place to have your attention, how you focus is what's vital.
Are you wondering how you can communicate the core message of your presentation? Are you keen to ensure each person will be able to understand your content?
More likely, your worries will be centred on what each meeting attendee may all be sitting there thinking about you.
You may see everyone sitting and watching for every little mistake or hesitation you make.
Do you consider people are like this?
Have you ever done anything like this when attending a meeting? Making a note of each error or slip up?
A person doing such a thing is incredibly rare in a professional environment, yet we just can’t stop ourselves from thinking this is what everyone will be doing.
Even if this was to occur; it would be the individuals who would need to re-assess their own sardonic attitude.
You'll find that most of the time, the majority of people in the meeting will be looking for and seeing the good and positive in your presentation.
When speaking in public, each person will be fully supporting you, even if silently.
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