Being confident means being comfortable with yourself. You need to over the spirit of fear, if you want to go far in life. Lack of confidence comes with fear and anxiety. It can also come from slight anxiousness and panic of what and how people or the audience will react to your message. When you are not bold and confident with yourself, you can get shaking hands and the people will hear from your voice how nervous you are.
I was also a victim of a lack of self-confidence when l first started speaking on camera and in a public forum. I overcame my fear with the points below.
1. Choose a Topic
Choosing and knowing your topic will give you a better understanding of what is expected of you. The more you know your topic, it will enable you to consider the questions the audience may be asking and you will be able to have your response ready.
2. Get Rid Of That Specific Fear And Worries
Fear is one of the greatest weapons of the devil. When the devil finds out that you are scared to do anything, he will increase his attack and give you thousands of reasons, why you are not capable to do that which you love. So to deal with the fear and worries, you need to write down the areas you’re most scares when it comes to public speaking. Be bold to take action and refused to listen to that voice of discouragement.
3. Take Time To Breath
Taking time to breathe before you go on stage, is very important. It enables you to gather much air in your stomach and deal with nervousness and anxiety.
4. Acknowledge That You’re A Success
Perfection doesn’t exist. Be proud of yourself and your achievement. Anytime you make progress, pat yourself on the back. Any mistake you made, take the lesson out from it, use it to improve your skill. Never you beat yourself up for one mistake there might just be a lesson to be learned from it.
5. Surround Yourself With Same Minded People
Joining a group that has the same interest is very important. You can learn from each other, as well as support each other. The benefit of associating yourself with likeminded people is, you will have more experience.