Did you know that speaking in public is one of the greatest fears for many people? So, if you are frightened to stand-up before an audience, let me tell you, you are not alone.
So what is your fear about? You probably know your subject 100% and you are relaxed and confident when you are talking around a table with your colleagues. But it is at that moment when you stand up and get to your feet that you become tongue-tied and nervous, perhaps even forgetting your key message. Many people are so worried about speaking before others that they will go to extraordinary lengths to avoid it.
Of course, being on platform is certainly high-risk because you are the focus of attention. Everyone is watching you expectantly, as well as automatically judging your appearance, your body language as well as your words.
No great speech just happens! All the famous orators of our time, Martin Luther King, Barack Obama or Winston Churchill, may have had different styles, but it was the way in which they made their words come to life that inspired and motivated their audiences.
We are told that Margaret Thatcher even used a voice coach from the National Theatre in London to help lower her shrill tone to one that was deeper and more authoritarian.
If you listen to Martin Luther King’s famous speech ‘I have a dream’, you will hear him repeating certain phrases time and again for greater impact as his passion is transmitted to his audience. Continue reading