It is fair to say that if you stand on your feet and speak once in a blue moon, it is going to be very difficult to overcome any fears and become confident and effective as a presenter. The reality is the more that you do it, the easy it becomes. The more you speak, the less fear and anxiety you feel. The more you speak the more skilled you become at the methodology of presenting and engaging the audience.
Malcolm Gladwell in his book “Outliers, The story of Success” identified that most successful people, one way or another found themselves in circumstances where they were immersed in what they were doing and they became experts. This includes the likes of the Beatles, Bill Gates, champion Ice Hockey players and top Lawyers.
If you want to become more confident and effective as a speaker and presenter, then you need to create circumstances that allow you to immerse yourself in speaking. Rather than speaking once in a blue moon, or even once a month, you need to speak weakly, even 2 or 3 times a week. How can you immerse yourself and make speaking a regular occurrence, rather than an occasional thing that you do.
Here are some things you can do
- Volunteer to chair your weekly team meetings
- Volunteer to do community presentations at community groups, Lions Clubs, Apex Clubs, Rotary Clubs, Probis Clubs etc
- Join a public speaking club such as Toastmasters, Rostrum or the Penguin Club
- Jon a non profit health advocacy group, such as the heart foundation or cancer council and volunteer to be trained for their “speaker’s bank” and go out educate and raise awareness about the issue.
- Join a club or community group and take on a committee role that involves speaking
- Join a public speaking mentoring group
Regardless of how you do it, if confident and effective public speaking is important to you, what are you going to do to make standing on your feet a regular occurrence, rather than a once in a blue moon occasion that you dread. How are you going to immerse yourself in public speaking.