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Managing Your Fear of Public Speaking


Sources of Your Anxiety: Internal

Past negative experiences with public speaking

  • Let go of the bad memory and replace it with a positive experience
  • Learn from that bad experience, have a sense of humor about it

Lack of experience / lack of positive experiences with public speaking

  • Seek public speaking opportunities – speak up in class, share your opinions in small group situations, greet strangers, network at social events

Lack of self confidence

  • Embrace the opportunity and believe you have something worthwhile to share

Lack of knowledge about / tools for delivering an effective presentation

  • Research public speaking tips, practice with them, adopt what works for you

Inability to effectively manage physical symptoms
of public speaking anxiety

Negative self-talk

  • Visualize success and realize there is no such thing as a “perfect” speech