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The Fear of Public Speaking<br>How to Lessen It

The Fear of Public Speaking: First of all, You are not alone …

There is comfort in numbers.

Public Speaking, in survey after survey, has been shown to be most people’s greatest fear.  Some fear it more than dying!

It’s a natural fear to have.  You are standing, alone, in front of people who are fixated on you!


Who wouldn’t be a bit uneasy in a situation like this?  So, it’s normal to have anxiety.  There’s nothing wrong with you.

Here are things that can be done to ease this fear.

  1. Practice – Practice – Practice

  2. The more prepared you are for your presentation, the better you’ll perform.

  3. You’ll have ‘confidence in your competence’.  Knowing your stuff is a great stress reducer.

  4. Speak – Speak – Speak

  5. If you want to be a runner – run

  6. If you want to be a writer – write

  7. If you want to improve your speaking – SPEAK!

  8. The more you do something, the better you get at doing it, and your stress and fear levels go down.

  9. Arrive early and ‘Meet & Greet’

  10. It’s easier to speak to friends and people you’ve met

  11. By arriving at speaking events early, and introducing yourself to people who will be in the audience, is a great way to reduce fear.

  12. Have Notes or a Mind Map of your talk

  13. You may not need them, but they’re available if needed

  14. You have a spare tire in your trunk, but don’t expect a flat, correct?

  15. Watch what you eat and drink before speaking

  16. If you’re belching and/or have strange feelings stirring within you, your stress level will be elevated

  17. Know the audience wants you to be successful

  18. They came to see and hear you and learn something

  19. They’re also glad it is you, and not them, at the lectern!

  20. What’s the ‘Worse that Can Happen?’

  21. Look in the obituaries every once in a while.  People die for a variety of reasons, but I don’t believe I’ve ever seen someone died because they were giving a speech!

  22. Get a Good Night’s Sleep

  23. Being overly tired will add to your stress.  Sleep well and you’ll perform better.

  24. Deep Breathing Exercises

  25. When we sigh, and exhale, we feel stress leaving us – correct?

  26. Google this for the right techniques

  27. Visualization and Meditation

  28. See yourself relaxed and successful at the lectern, and you’re more likely to be relaxed and successful.

  29. Meds – If you really need them.

  30. Beta blockers, prescribed by a physician, are sometimes necessary.

  31. There is no shame in asking for professional help.

Face the fear and do it anyway!

The benefits will far outweigh the efforts and temporary discomfort needed to ease (not eliminate) the fear of public speaking.


Three ways to keep the attention of your audience.

About the Author Fred E. Miller is a speaker, an international coach, and the author of the books, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!” and “NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!”

Businesses, Individuals, and Organizations hire him because they want to improve their Networking, Public Speaking, and Presentation Skills.

They do this because they know: Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.

They also know: We perceive really great speakers to be Experts. We like to work with Experts.

He shows them how to: Develop, Practice, and Deliver Fantastic Presentations! with – NO SWEAT!



  1. Lessening The Fear of Public Speaking with – NO SWEAT!

  2. Crafting Your Elevator Speech, Floor by Floor with – NO SWEAT!

  3. Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.

  4. We are All Self-Employed!

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