NUGGETS 007 by Mazi Eze (ME)
HOW TO OVERCOME GLOSSOPHOBIA AND PUBLIC SPEAKING ANXIETY
I said I’ll talk you through how to overcome glossophobia and use PSA to your advantage.
Glossophobia is the excessive fear or irrational fear or out-of-proportion fear of public speaking.
Very many people suffer from glossophobia. They always want to avoid any situation that will warrant them to speak in public. Truth is, avoiding a problem does not solve the problem. Confronting the problem of glossophobia, to a large extent, does solve the problem. How? I’ll tell you shortly.
PSA means Public Speaking Anxiety. It refers to the anxiety, fear or nervousness you feel when you’re about to present a speech to an audience.
PSA is normal. That’s just the way humans are wired psychologically. PSA could manifest as stage fright or mike fright. Stage fright means the nervous feelings you experience just before your appear in front of an audience. Mike fright is the anxiety you experience just as you receive the microphone to speak to an audience.
I did mention that the very first time-tested strategy for effective public speaking is: prepare, prepare, prepare. To overcome glossophobia, prepare your speech. Prepare your delivery.
Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance. 5 Ps.
Poor preparation precedes poor performance. Another 5 Ps.
Oh, I just love alliteration: repetition of word-initial consonants in a string of words. Go ahead, say either of the above expressions repeatedly to yourself when you’re engaged to speak to any audience. Then start preparing.
Do some research on a given or chosen topic. Sometimes, the organizers of a particular programme will give you a topic to speak on. Other organizers may allow you to choose your own topic. I prefer to choose my own topic. But, I don’t shy away from a given topic.
Whether it’s a given or chosen topic, you’ve got to prepare. Consult books. Read blog posts. Take a trip to cyberspace. Broaden your mind-space. Listen to podcasts. Listen to audio recordings. Watch videos of performances concerning your topic.
Prepare, prepare, prepare.
You are like a GeePee tank. You should be full of water. When you open the tap of oral delivery, your audience should get a cupful or bucketful of water (ideas, information) to go home with. They’ll come again and again to you if they got what they’re looking for. They won’t come again if they came thirsty and leave thirsty or they came hungry and leave hungry. And you know, a hungry man is an angry man especially in a time of recession!
Every audience member comes with a WIIFM Mentality.
Sorry friend, biko, ejoor, ima binu, not here. Hehehehehe. Let’s talk about WIIFM Mentality in NUGGETS 008, biko enyim oma, my good friend. It’s gonna be lengthy; it’s gonna be fun. Firm promise.
Plus, I’ll also explain the second strategy to overcome irrational fear in public speaking. It’s all part of the series, “How can I deliver an effective speech? How do I present a speech that wows?” (I’m enjoying myself here!)
The first strategy is: prepare your delivery.
The second strategy is: STRUCTURE YOUR DELIVERY.
Talk to you again. Soon. Very soon.