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21 Tips For Overcoming Fear of Public Speaking

According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy. ~Jerry Seinfeld

Can you relate to Jerry Seinfeld’s famous joke about fear of public speaking?

Public speaking fear is widespread, and most people live their entire lives never conquering it.

For some the thought of speaking in public is so paralyzing they avoid the experience at all costs. However, they miss a wonderful opportunity to impact others and improve their own self confidence.

I struggled for years to overcome two gripping fears in my life. Number one is the fear of heights and secondly the fear of speaking in public. On one occasion my anxiety was so intense before a scheduled high school speech, I ran to the bathroom to vomit.

Fear of public speakingWhat was at the root of this anxiety about speaking to my classmates? I feared embarrassment and judgement because I was not confident I would deliver a great performance.

British Prime minister Winston Churchill was one of the top-rated public speakers and regarded as the most powerful orator of the twentieth century. His style is not my favorite, but one of his secrets to being a great speaker was in his relentless preparation. Churchill devoted one hour of research and rehearsal for every one minute he would speak in public. So for a 20 minute speech he would prepare 20 hours. Continue Reading →

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Gain Humongous Self-Confidence: Exploiting Reference Experiences

Guest post by: Darius Maurya

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. -Eleanor Roosevelt

3209145889_5f31d59bb6_zAre you aware whether you are confident or not? Have you ever doubted your values? Have you ever doubted your abilities? Do you understand what self-confidence is? Do you know how to easily and practically build up your self-confidence?

If you are intrigued enough by these questions, then read on. Here is something that will help you construct an enormous amount of confidence in yourself.

To start this off, first understand what self-confidence is. If you google it, the meaning of self-confidence literally is, “the state of feeling certain about the truth of something”. It is the feeling of absolute conviction stated in something or someone (could be you). So now you might ask, “How do I attain that feeling of absolute truth and certainty?” I am glad you asked. Continue Reading →

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