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Steps to be used to defeat the fear of making mistakes at the GD’s

Many people are scared to converse facing a group or audience, because they have a fear of looking foolish in front of other people. The way to beat the fear of speaking to a group is to make sure you are all set, have some backup material ready in case you forget your lines, and picture your audience and practice as much as you can before you speak. There are several steps to use to defeat the fear of making a mistake when you speak to a group:

a) Have a full proof plan ready An expert in any field does not leave any chance before a big game, essential performance, or decisive presentation to corporate executives. Different plans are laid out, all material is ready, extra plans are made, and every detail is taken care of. When you are well prepared, chances of breakdown are greatly condensed. You feel more comfortable and are sure of yourself, because you have all the bases sheltered.

b) Do proper research You need to know exactly what you are going to talk about. This doesn’t mean to remember accurately what you plan to say. It is to have a good sketch of details and information that you can talk about. It is good to be conscious of what type of audience you will be speaking. This will give you an idea of the subject matter and tone of your speech. If you are talking before some important people or at an important event, that fact may increase your concern. But it is good to know up front, so that you can properly organize for the chance.

c) Practice thoroughly You should practice your speech many times before you give it. Even if you know your content very well, practice is extremely important. The more you talk, the more automatic it becomes, the more substance it can have, and the more confidence you have in your ability to give the speech.

d) Practice with a friendly audience Practice in front of your friends. This is a very important way to practice, because it will be like getting closer to the “real world” of speaking to a group. Even an audience of one person is good for this type of practice.

e) Use positive approach The problem with this is that it seems somewhat negative. If you look down at your audience, it may be reflected in your speech. I prefer a more positive approach. You have to realize that the audience is usually on your side. They want to hear what you have to say and to see you do well. Before you give your speech, think of them as caring, friendly people who want to hear you speak. It is just like talking to your friends. The positive image should relax you and put you in a good frame of mind. The audience will also read your body language and respond accordingly.

f) Relax before speaking When you are introduced to speak, take time to settle down before you get out of your chair. It also is a way that you are showing that you are now in control. It is not easy to do, because you have to look at the audience and panic may settle in. But if you have made all the preparations, you can be sure of yourself and deserve to be in control of the situation. It is a good feeling.