Building Self Confidence Through Public Speaking

Building self confidence is an important aspect of successful public speaking. The two go hand in hand. If you have ever attended a speaking engagement and the presenter has the "woo" factor, easily capturing the attention of the audience, you can be assured that the speaker might not have felt 100 percent comfortable in front of the audience. But he prepared well, and his enthusiasm shined through his presentation.

If you believe it, you will achieve it. This motto is true of public speaking, and a lesson that you can impart to your child. If your child believes in her message and herself, public speaking will be a positive experience. And the opposite is true. Practicing good public speaking will improve your child's self confidence.

Preparation is the first key to developing self confidence through public speaking. A well-prepared speaker has spent time researching, writing and practicing a presentation. Have a basic outline of notes ready and available. For some speakers, this outline will be just that. For others, note cards or a manuscript of the entire speech may be used. But do not think that you can take center stage and go with the flow. Speaking off the cuff shows a lack of preparation, which ultimately, shows a lack of self confidence in yourself and your message.

Fear Factor
Face it. Most of us do not like stepping outside our comfort zone. Speaking in public isn't a common occurrence for most people, so when presented with the opportunity or challenge, most tend to shy away from it. Once you accept the opportunity and deliver your message, your self confidence will grow.

Glossophobes, those who have a fear a public speaking, have a difficult time expressing themselves in front of a group. First, you need to confront your fear factor. Then, address those fears. These two basic steps are the first stepping stones to building self confidence in the public speaking realm.

Start Small
If you want to boost your child's self confidence, start with a small public speaking event. Encourage your child to read in class, speak to a small civic or church group or volunteer to present a topic during her next group assignement. Small successes build self confidence. The key to these presentations is to be prepared. Practice, practice, practice! Your child should use notes or an outline to guide her presentation.

Public speaking becomes easier as self confidence increases. Anxiety levels will decrease as you become more relaxed with speaking in front of an audience.

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