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    can anyone give me tips to feel more confident and get better @public speaking ..thx

    (Original post by Libra910)
    can anyone give me tips to feel more confident and get better @public speaking ..thx
    Prepare, of course, but don't over prepare. I find it's a lot easier if I've not rehearsed something so many times that I'm either very wooden, or if even the slightest thing happens that I wasn't expecting it throws me off. A lot of people say that if you project confidence, you'll feel it. I can agree with that, actually. People respond really well when you speak loudly and confidently, and after a while it makes you feel a lot more confident and it comes a lot more naturally. You could try speaking to small groups at first, like friends or family, and start from there. It could make speaking to larger groups a little easier

    Pretend the audience are your friends and you're just having a causal conversation. If you even pretend you're confident it'll have a good impact on others. Make sure you're happy with yourself, meaning to say that be confident in your abilities and convince yourself that you're amazing and you can do whatever task you need to. I gained confidence by getting a job in retail because I had to talk to so many new people all the time, honestly it changed my life. So maybe just talk to anyone and everyone, even if it's just one person. That way it'll be easier for you to talk to a crowd of new people.

    No matter how confident you are, if you don't know what you're saying or if you don't know your stuff that can be really awkward,so id say preparation is key!

    In terms of confidence etc. do you have a powerpoint? If so, that can be a safety net so it prompts you what to say next so that may take some of the stress away. Which also means focus on what you're saying rather than thinking 'how am i coming across, can they sense im nervous etc?', and the delivery will come naturally. Of course I don't know the ins and outs of the situation you're in or if you're just asking generally..
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