The fear of Public speaking, in a large number of cases, I believe can be attributed to a lack of clarity. What do you mean Mark? Let me explain… I find that the people who haven’t done enough preparation are the ones who get the most nerves – fearing they will get found out! Understandable, but inexcusable. If you’re going to stand up and speak to an audience you at least owe them the courtesy of taking the time to prepare properly.
To help prepare properly I find it beneficial to have clarity on the follow questions before I write my speech, and definitely before I deliver it!
1. How long am I expected to speak for?
2. What is the reason I’m speaking?
3. What is the perspective of the audience?
4. What is the intended outcome of the speech?
5. What are the key points I need to cover in my speech or PowerPoint presentation?
The answers to the questions above don’t have to be exhaustive by any means. They are intended to get a level of focus and clarity about the reason you are going to stand in front of an audience and speak to them.
Answering the questions probably won’t eliminate all the reasons you have nerves, but I’m sure that the answers you provide will help settle a few nerves, and in the process help you prepare a better speech.
Is that clear…