All good speakers have suffered from stage fright at some point of time in their lives. Oration is an art which can be developed and learned. In some fortunate ones, yes it is inborn but strugglers can always develop and polish this ability.
First of all, you need to develop trust and confidence in yourself. Tell yourself that you can do it and that you possess the charm to make it possible.
Secondly, learn that people will appreciate you if you let yourself be. You just don’t need to be bothered about how people will be thinking about you. If you know what you are saying, your content is good and you are confident, everyone will think good of you and admire you.
Thirdly, practice! Before you go to stage, practice what you would be saying there. Try different styles and apt the one you feel best. You can ask your peers and teachers for advice, but try to innovate what is natural for you.
Fourthly, try to listen and watch to some famous orators and study their style and postures. It’s not advisable to copy them but you can always mimic a few styles and adapt some of their ways.
One of the best ways that any good orator could tell you is that to master every speech, learn the highs and lows of the topic. It is important that the speaker get louder at points of importance and then revert back to their original volume after that.
Lastly, tell you mind and heart that people are there to listen to you and you need to deliver in a manner that you give your best. You see those faces every day and you can face them now. There is nothing to be scared about. Be your best and put the rest of worries aside.
Article publié pour la première fois le 01/03/2012