Public Speaking Confidence Advice from a Manchester Hypnotherapist

Public Speaking Confidence Advice from a Manchester Hypnotherapist 

Public speaking is often voted the biggest fear, even more fearful then death!


Why is public speaking so scary and what can you do to change your fear into excitement, your anxiety into confidence? I have worked with many Manchester clients to develop their public speaking skills, to increase their public speaking confidence and to help individuals not to simply be a good public speaker, but to become a charismatic orator


These 3 Rules for Public Speaking will help you grow as an orator


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Public Speaking Confidence Rule One – Practice, Practice, Practice 


This first tip is so obvious and so underused. “Repetition is the key to mastering any skill – Anthony Robbins” 


To master any skill you need hours of practice. The same rule applies for public speaking the more your practice the more confident you will become


To build on this rule of public speaking repetition, talk about something you are passionate about, a subject you intimately know  and use real life experiences in the body of your speech


As a member of Manchester Toastmasters (An international speaking organisation) I watch many new orators sweating before a speech, when questioned, they explain how they have wrote a speech on a subject they know nothing about and they haven’t practiced as nearly as much as they should have


The pre-speech nerves will triple when you are trying to remember the speech structure, the speech details and the subject, the speech is designed to inform the audience about


When speaking about a passion, your speech will come across well, because your tone, gestures and body language will naturally be more charismatic


You don’t need to worry about the intimate details as this is a subject (and passion) you can talk about all day long. Compare this to a topic you know little about – you will be thinking “is this point correct? I best double check”


A lack of subject knowledge can also lead to speech procrastination. To be more confident at speaking to groups, pick a subject you love and practice, prepare and tweak your speech to perfection




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Public Speaking Confidence Rule Two – Focus on the Impact Not The Detail


I have modelled excellent speakers and a key difference between a confident orator  and a nervous communicator is what they focus on


Someone with public speaking anxiety, steps on to stage and allows their thoughts to go inwards – they think of what to say, how to say it, there tone, volume, stage presence, they look at the audience and second guess what they are thinking and think that they will preform badly


This type of overthinking creatives a negative energy on stage that leads to a drop in confidence. To many thoughts creates the feeling of being overwhelmed, which increases anxiety and an internal focus takes away the impact of the speech delivery.


Remember if you have followed Rule One and practiced your speech content, your delivery and stage movements will be second nature


Confident orators have a different perspective. They rely on their extended practice to create a natural flow, communicating the speech without having to consciously think about the content.


By using repetitious practice to create an unconscious delivery style, the confident communicator focus on the impact of the speech.


Rather then thinking about words (the speech content) or their body language they focus on their own emotion. If they want to deliver a sad line, they will feel sad, if the speech aim is to create excitement, they will be in a state of excitement.


By being in the emotional state that best suits the speech there delivery style is natural and there subconscious mind will allow the speech content, through repetitious practice, to flow naturally



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Public Speaking Confidence Rule Three – Create a Power Identity


Actors are great orators and communicators because they use a fantastic trick to reduce nerves and increase confidence. Actors play a role.


People become nervous as they don’t want to be seen as weak, a failure or a fool. If you create a stage identity or pretend to be the speaker you most admire, you in essence create an invisible barrier that blocks the self critic.


Your stage identity can be someone who takes risk, laughs at his own mistakes, it could be some who is highly extrovert or over confidence, someone who talks with a powerful voice or someone who communicates with gestures and body language.


Think about the type of speaker you want to become and create an identity for this person. Before going onto stage imagine stepping in to this persons shoes and act like them; walk like this person would walk, hold your body as they would, talk how they communicate and act as they would act


This character you play will give you a new lease of confidence




Chris Delaney NLP Life Coach, Hypnotherapist and Career Advisor is available for booking for One to One Private Sessions, Group Training Sessions and Public Speaking Events


Chris Delaney is also a published author “The 73 Rules of Influencing the Interview – using Psychology, NLP and Hypnotic Persuasion Techniques”

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