Self-confidence has a vital role in public speaking. It’s crucial, and every second of your presentation depends on it. But what is the one factor that lowers your self-confidence?
I have a brief answer to that: wrong imaginations and thoughts.
Once someone told me how stressful he is in public speaking. i asked him to come on the stage and talk for a little bit. He started like this: Hi, I am sorry if my voice cracks.
I smiled: it doesn’t.
He was terrified: thank you, you are kind, but I know it is.
He was hallucinating. There was nothing wrong with his voice.
Or some other speakers are nervous about the tic on their neck or cheek. One other one said: I don’t want to perform because of my eye saccade. The hall for a presentation is so huge that no audience will see your eye saccade if you even have one because they are all part of your wrong imagination and thoughts.
This wrong imagination lowers your self-confidence. It means it makes everything even worse. Then when you go up on the stage, this wrong imagination makes you think everyone is staring at you because something is wrong. It leads to low self-confidence, and you will mess things up.
According to famous books such as “Building self-confidence for dummies”, self-confidence means:
The skill to do something with a specific standard in different situations.
One solution to that is to know more. You should know what your speech is and that means more dominance. Also, you need to know more about yourself and the audience.
There are many other solutions to increase self-confidence in public speaking and avoid wrong imaginations that you can learn and use, for example, practicing your slides, test the programs and plan everything long before you start. For instance, know what you need to know to avoid forgetting the script. To know more about all these subjects, I suggest you read the following article: