How to Get Over Your Fear of Public Speaking

Hello Fireballs!

Today I am writing to you from my home office - the area where I will be spending much more of my time since cutting my day job hours IN HALF to pursue my online business!

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Needless to say this is a very exciting time for me and I am so thankful for the support you all have shown! I’m back at the gym, I’ve booked some fabulous clients and I’m finally creating the life I’ve envisioned for myself.

It just goes to show – always follow your gut! 

I’ve fallen in love with public speaking…

Although my new schedule doesn’t officially start until next week I did take the day off to speak for a local organization called Women of Tomorrow. My wonderful friend and fellow Miami Spirit Junkie, Cary, is a mentor for this organization and asked me to come talk to a group of high school girls about career development. I didn’t even think twice about doing it!

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Here’s why you need to get comfy with speaking…

I know that a lot of you are looking into public speaking – whether it’s for own business, your blog or making sales presentations at your jobs. Some of you even really enjoy it.

However more than a few of you are probably dreading the thought of going up in front of a group of people and speaking. I’m here to tell you that you may need to get over it. Here’s why:

Public speaking can help you…

  • Have more successful sales pitches.
  • Spread the word about your own business.
  • Rock a job interview!
  • Step it up at work by doing presentations for clients.
  • Speak your truth.
  • Help others less fortunate than you.
  • Actually get a job in almost anything.
  • Meet incredible people.
  • Nail a wedding toast.
  • Tell people what you do!
  • Have fun!

As you can clearly see public speaking is definitely a skill you should start cultivating as soon as you can. Fortunately there are a ton of ways you can start doing so!

1. Join Toastmasters.

Although I haven’t actually done this I have heard from more than one person that Toastmasters is an awesome organization to help you start refining your speaking chops. Toastmasters meetings are learn-by-doing workshops dedicated to helping people develop different kinds of communication skills – particularly speaking.

Overall, this is an awesome and cost-effective way to practice your skills and get help from speaking veterans in your area.

2. Start small. Start local.

I just started speaking this year and my first gig was with a group of girls for Local Levo Miami (watch the video here). It was a small group of girls belonging to an organization I am also a part of. Was I nervous? Hell yes! But it was a great way to ease into speaking rather than trying to pitch to huge conferences off the bat. The end result was that I had a freakin’ blast and have been asked to speak for other organizations.

3. Start a YouTube channel.

I knew a year ago that I wanted to try public speaking. Of course, I had absolutely zero experience or comfort in this area. So what did I do? I started uploading videos on different topics onto YouTube. These topics ranged from personal development, to career to finances.

Not only did it make my blog more dynamic by adding video, it also got me more comfortable with speaking. In fact, you can see some improvement from my very first videos to my more recent ones. You can check them all out here.

4. Check out KC Baker.

KC Baker has an entire company dedicated to helping women with their public speaking chops. Her mission is to help women embrace the power of their voices and their stories. She has a bunch of free videos to help train you fine tune your speaking chops as well as an incredible story that helped her create this organization.

5. Reframe your nerves.

And of course no post like this would be complete without mentioning Marie Forleo. She recently uploaded an episode of MarieTV with her fiance, Josh Pais. Josh is an actor that helps other actors, artists and entrepreneurs get comfortable with their chops through a program called Committed Impulse.

Together they addressed an issue that a ton of people deal with – the fear of public speaking. It’s an awesome video with some nifty insights and I highly recommend checking it out here. It will totally change the way you see your emotions around public speaking!

Public speaking doesn’t have to be a giant mental drama. It can be a fun and dynamic way to propel your career and your life!

Are any of you public speakers? Have any tips for people who are dealing with this fear? Share in the comments below!

 

 

 

About Amanda Abella

Amanda Abella is a coach, writer and speaker that believes creating the right career will help in all aspects of your life. She is available for hire. For more info: http://www.amandaabella.com/work-with-amanda/

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