Tips For Calming Speaking Jitters

Public speaking is fairly high up on the list of fears and anxieties of many people. Conquering that anxiety can result in success in the form of career advancement and other new opportunities. Follow these tips for calming speaking jitters. 

Identify Needs

It helps to identify the specific fears that are holding you back. Speaking jitters often arise from an area of need that must be addressed. Some speakers have difficulty with their presentation skills. These can include voice projection and intonation, as well as eye contact and gestures. 

In order to identify your specific area of need, it helps to have an assessment. A professional assessment will look at all of the areas that comprise successful public speaking and determine where you currently stand. Professional testing isn’t required to get a clear idea of where you need assistance. Ask a trusted friend or mentor to listen to you give a presentation. Stress the need for honest feedback. 

Skills Training

In a business setting, you can also solicit feedback from your supervisor. Ask about areas where your speaking skills could be further polished. This will show that you are committed to engaging in the difficult task of personal improvement. 

Many companies offer executive speech training in order to improve corporate communications. These programs are designed to boost internal talent and create positive relationships between coworkers. They result in stronger teams and boost competitive advantages. Find out of your company participates in a verbal communications improvement program. 

Hire A Coach

Overcoming the fear of speaking in public is made more difficult when you are dealing with a specific hurdle such as an accent. An accent reduction coach will help you to achieve success. Many people avoid public speaking for fear of mispronouncing words. Coaching in articulation techniques will enable the speaker to gain the skills needed for standard pronunciation. 

Practice

One of the best things about hiring a professional is that it forces you to take the time to practice. Regular assignments and sessions will sharpen your abilities. Many people have speaking jitters primarily because they do not have enough experience. 

Practicing your skills on an audience is necessary in order to become a more seasoned speaker. You can start small by assembling a small group of friends and family members. Eventually you will want to branch out by speaking to a larger group. 

Community Resources

After putting in the hard work to improve your skills, it is important to put them to the test. Look for opportunities within your community to speak in front of an audience. Speaking to a group of strangers provides multiple benefits. You are likely to get more honest and direct feedback from people who are not emotionally invested in your progress. Additionally, the stakes are lower than if you were to try out you new skills in front of an important client. 

Find a public speaking group in your community in order to practice. Open-mic nights are another opportunity to take your new abilities for a test run. Regular practice will provide you with the confidence you need to banish speaking jitters forever. 

 

Claudette Roche is a dialect coach who teaches accent reduction in the Los Angeles area.  She teaches foreign and American accents to actors and business persons/executives.  In 2010 she was named as one of The Top 5 Voice Coaches by Hollywood Weekly Magazine.