5 Quotes To Help Overcome The Fear Of Public Speaking
On Making Your Point
“If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time — a tremendous whack.” – Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill was arguably one of history’s best public speakers and most notable figures. The British Prime Minister was known for his inspirational speeches and witty comments. Here he’s saying that you need to throw subtlety to the wind, and if you have a point to make – make it. There is absolutely no need to waste anyone’s time. Cut to the meat of your presentation and leave the filler at the door.
“Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes
Oliver Wendell Holmes was an American poet and author, he wrote on a wide range of topics, but was also a famous scholar and lecturer. Here, Holmes is making the point to be clear about the words you say and how you say them. Oliver Wendell Holmes was noted for appearing to be off the cuff with his lectures, yet they were well rehearsed. Preparation is a key factor to a good speech or presentation, a point he reiterated in his life over and over.
“The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.” — Lady Bird Johnson
Claudi Alta Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson was a highly active First Lady with a very public presence, yet was rather reserved in her private life. The best way to get over your fears or social anxieties when it comes to presenting, performing, or leading a public event is to become so engrossed in the message you’re trying to convey that it becomes impossible to even consider what others might be thinking.
Passion is infectious and will spread like wildfire if it’s genuine.
On Pushing Yourself
“A book may give you excellent suggestions on how best to conduct yourself in the water, but sooner or later you must get wet …” — Dale Carnegie
One of the original creators of the Self-Help genre, Dale Carnegie was a master orator and lecturer. He wrote the famous book “How to Win Friends & Influence People” which stated that no matter how many books you read and what understanding you think you have on certain concepts, you will never be able to gauge that knowledge until you actually go out and put it into practice.
On the Value of Fear
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear — not absence of fear.”— Mark Twain
There are many ways to make your presentation great (supporting your content with pictures, GIFS or even using software add-ons that insert video in PowerPoint for you), but they all begin and end with your confidence levels and how you present them. As they say after all, there is nothing to fear but fear itself!