Why do so many of us hate public speaking?

November 5, 2023

Why do so many of us hate public speaking?

November 5, 2023by Jackie Marsterson



Public speaking anxiety is very common due to a number of reasons. One factor is the fear of judgment and negative evaluation by others. Additionally, the fear of making a mistake, forgetting what to say, or feeling vulnerable in front of an audience can contribute to this anxiety. But, like any skill you can improve this with practice. Here are a couple of tips to get you started.

Prepare thoroughly: Knowing your material inside and out is essential. The more prepared you are, the more confident you will feel:

  • Practice regularly: Rehearse your speech multiple times, I did this by recording myself, and in front of my dog, a willing audience with no feedback!
  • Visualize success: Imagine yourself giving a successful presentation. This can boost your confidence and reduce anxiety
  • Start small: Begin with less intimidating speaking opportunities, such as a few friends or family members, before tackling larger audiences.
  • Join a public speaking group: Toastmasters provides a supportive environment for improving your speaking skills and confidence.
  • Accept mistakes: We are all human, so don’t beat yourself up, audiences can be forgiving
  • Positive self-talk: Listen to your inner dialogue don’t self-sabotage, and keep the language positive!

Remember that public speaking anxiety is common, with a consistent effort, most people improve and become more comfortable. I always remember my first time, it wasn’t great but I learned how to become a better speaker.

This skill can not only help with presentation skills it can also help you with interviews too!