How do you feel about public speaking? Apparently, people fear public speaking more than death! Or at least as much as they fear snakes.
Why are we scared of public speaking? Because we are vulnerable: it feels as if we are standing in front of a group, who are all evaluating us to see if we deserve to be there. In the old days, the group would have been assessing our suitability as a hunter or leader.
Presenting in a foreign language is even more nerve-wracking for many people. There is good news, however. Presenting in French is difficult for me, so when I present in English, it seems really easy and I actually enjoy presenting in English nowadays. So the more you present in a foreign language, the more of a piece of cake presenting in your own language will be.
Being nervous is normal, but what can you do? Research has also shown that using confident body language makes you truly feel more confident on the inside, so here are a few tips to help you:
The more you practise using confident body language, the more confident you will become in your presentations. Now go and try it out for yourself.
For more presentation skills tips, sign up for a “Public Speaking in English” workshop where you’ll get lots of personal feedback on your body language and lots more.
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