Most of the Nervousness that You Feel Can't Be Seen By the Audience
The good news about public speaking fear is that most of the symptoms of nervousness are things that the audience will never see anyway. Yes, some symptoms of nervousness can be seen, but most of them are things that a presenter feels but is transparent to the audience. Below are a few symptoms these symptoms.
- Sweaty Palms.
- Butterflies in the stomach.
- Racing heart.
- Shaky Hands.
- Flushed Face.
- Losing Your Train of Thought (Depending on how you recover).
- Shallow Breathing
Looking at the list above, these are all things that are very real. We certainly feel them when we are nervous speaking. However, they are things that are actually very difficult to see. Because of this, many presenters feel like they are the only nervous speakers in the world, because everyone else that they watch give presentations does so well. The big secret is, though, that the other speakers are probably just as nervous as you are (if not more). That is unless they have already been through a Fearless Presentations ® Public Speaking Class, that is.
Another great thing to realize is that the symptoms of public speaking fear that are easily seen, like speaking quickly and moving around more, are actually the same symptoms of enthusiasm. When speakers are excited or enthusiastic about something, they speak faster. They also move around more. So, sometimes that faster speech and those nervous ticks can be seen by your audience as a positive. In fact, one of the things that our instructors show our class members how to do is use their nervousness to their advantage.
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The key thing to remember about tip #1 is that although you feel nervous, most ever other speaker does as well. You are not alone! So, now let's help you reduce that nervousness!