What is the recipe for fearlessness public speaking?
Being fearless is not about a lack of fear. It’s about taking that fear and transforming it into excitement and energy around your message. It’s like fire. We can either look at the fire and say “oh, that might burn something, I have to put it out…” in which case we end up with a sad pile of cinders. Or we can stick a barbecue on top of the fire and turn it into something useful for ourselves and our friends.
In a similar way, your fire as a speaker could be used in the right way to inspire your audience. From here you find deeply confident public speaking, rather than the superficial confidence that comes with ‘managing’ your nerves.
On a practical level, then, how do you develop fearless, confident public speaking?
HOW TO BECOME FEARLESS INGREDIENT 1: Positive mental imagery
Psychologists have found that deeply confident public speakers actually see themselves that way in their mental imagery. If your mental imagery is constantly reinforcing your lack of confidence, this is what will show up in your speaking.
HOW TO BECOME FEARLESS INGREDIENT 2: Visualizing public speaking success.
Create that positive affirmative space by literally seeing yourself presenting with confidence. Think your own inner movie… no subtitles necessary.
HOW TO BECOME FEARLESS INGREDIENT 3: Saboteur Slaying.
Get confident by ditching the saboteur!
The saboteur or ‘inner vampire’ is the negative inner dialogue that can surround your speaking. Most of us have some kind of inner dialogue that diminishes our confidence as a speaker, if we chose to believe it. So get aware of negative ‘thoughts inside the head’ and picture yourself chucking your inner saboteur over a cliff. Yes. That. Do it.
HOW TO BECOME FEARLESS INGREDIENT 4: A juicy stage persona.
Confident public speaking is not about putting on an act, but it can help to adopt a stage persona that helps you stretch into the full and fearless parts of your character. This key is that this is you – it’s just a fuller version of you unleashed on stage.
source : gingerpublicspeaking.com