Speaking In Public

Do you get nervous speaking in front of others?

Risks

  1. You can fail to engage the audience.
"Knowledge of that risk is what causes people to play it safe when they’re preparing their presentations. Ironically, that’s the most dangerous tack to take. Playing safe means you go for the dull rather than the emotional, the read rather than the conversational, and the preachy rather than the interactive" ("Public Speaking is Risky Business").

2. You can be judged or embarrassed.

" And at a primal level, the fear is so great because we are not merely afraid of being embarrassed, or judged. We are afraid of being rejected from the social group, ostracized and left to defend ourselves all on our own" ( "The Thing We Fear More Than Death").

Rewards

  1. Public speaking can boost your self-esteem.

"Self-confident people inspire confidence in others: their audience, their peers, their bosses, their customers, and their friends. And gaining the confidence of others is one of the key ways in which a self-confident person finds success" ("Building Self- Confidence").

2. You can overcome the fear you have for public speaking.

"...students become better acquainted with the public speaking process, making them more confident and less apprehensive. In addition, you will learn specific strategies for overcoming the challenges of speech anxiety"( "Why Is Public Speaking Important").

After looking at the evidence, speaking in public is worth it. You may be embarrassed or judged, but the rewards at the end are great. Your fear of public speaking will decrease, and your self- esteem will increase. So, if you are nervous about a speech or a presentation you have to give, just think about the rewards that lie ahead.

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"Public Speaking Is Risky Business." Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 27 Feb. 2012. Web. 15 Sept.

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"Building Self-Confidence: Prepare Yourself for Success." Building Self-Confidence. James

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