Public speaking can be very daunting for people. Being able to speak in front of a crowd is a great thing to have under your belt. Especially if you’re moving into management, have a new job or are just generally having to meet new people.
There are several reasons why some people may find it difficult to talk in front of others:
- Fear of judgement. Many people are be afraid of being judged or criticised by others, which makes it difficult to speak in front of an audience. This can be particularly true for those who are sensitive to criticism or have a low self-esteem.
- Fear of failure. Some people may be afraid of failing or not being able to live up to expectations, which can make it difficult to speak in front of others.
- Lack of experience. People who have not had much experience with public speaking may find it difficult to speak in front of others, as they may not be familiar with the process or may not have developed the necessary skills.
- Physical symptoms. Some people may experience physical symptoms such as sweating, shaking, or a dry mouth when speaking in front of others.
- Performance anxiety. People who have performance anxiety find it hard to talk in front of people as they are overwhelmed by the pressure to perform well and get nervous.
- Social anxiety. People who have social anxiety find it hard to talk in front of people. Being judged, evaluated or rejected by others.
Thankfully, this is a skill that can be learned and improved through practice and coaching.
Public speaking coaching can be beneficial in several ways.
- Improving confidence. Coaching can help you become more confident and comfortable when speaking in front of an audience. This can be particularly useful for those who are nervous or anxious about public speaking.
- Developing better communication skills. Such as speaking clearly, using appropriate body language, and making effective use of visual aids.
- Enhancing persuasiveness. Coaching can help individuals to become more persuasive, which can be useful in a variety of contexts, including business, politics, and education.
- Building credibility. Coaching can help individuals to build credibility and establish themselves as experts in their field.
- Creating a personal brand. Coaching can help individuals to create a personal brand, which can be beneficial for career advancement and personal development.
- Tailoring content to audience. Coaching also helps individuals to tailor their content and delivery to the specific audience they will be speaking to. Ensuring the message is received and understood.
Overall, public speaking coaching can be a valuable tool for anyone looking to improve their public speaking skills and become a more effective communicator in their personal and professional life.
Our director, Simon Alexander, has over a decade of experience in public speaking and radio presentation. He utilises different techniques and tips to help explain the art of storytelling and talking in front people. He will provide you with one on one coaching that will get you to where you want to be. At Shakespeare Creative, we are a big fan of Simon Sinek too – here, he explains the art of public speaking.
If you want to learn more about how we can help you with public speaking, get in touch now. Whether this is with an audience, work colleagues or even a social occasion. Contact us and we can get you on the journey toward being a confident and compelling speaker.