Monday, 28 March 2016

Ammar Idlibi - Getting Over Your Fear of Public Speaking

Having been a public speaker for a number of years, delivering a wide range of speeches and seminars, Ammar Idlibi understands the fears that many people experience when they are asked to get up in front of an audience and talk. His experiences have allowed him to conquer his own fears and he offers the following advice for those who are struggling.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Never enter a public speaking engagement without having first practiced your speech repeatedly. Write down what you wish to say and repeat it on a regular basis, ensuring that you have your pronunciation down. You can try practicing in front of a mirror or enlisting family and friends to give you a more physical reaction to your speech.

Don’t Worry About Mistakes

Even the best public speakers will occasionally flub their lines a little bit. It happens and it is completely natural. Your reaction to mistakes is going to make or break your speech, so don’t allow your mind to focus on any mistakes you make when talking. Instead, simply brush them off or use them for a little bit of humor before continuing with what you have to say.

Don’t Memorize

If you try to remember every single word of your speech, you may find that you come off sounding robotic and unnatural. Instead, Ammar Idlibi recommends making use of cue cards that will keep you on the right track with your speech, without telling you exactly what you should say. This will allow you to get into your own flow, engaging the audience in the process.