Glossophobia, the fear of public speaking, affects more people than you’d think, including me. To try and face some of these fears head on, I recently attended a day-long workshop ran by our stand-in project manager Matthew Matheson. Here’s what I learned.
- Get comfortable with being uncomfortable - the fears and anxieties won’t go away, you just need a few ways to deal with them
- Saying “I don’t know” is okay and more healthy for your conversation - this one is already embedded into the Clearleft culture
- Visualise yourself being the speaker you want to be
- Authenticity - present from the heart not what you think your audience wants
- Know your audience don’t pander to them at the expense of the integrity of the content of your talk
- Find your voice - both figuratively and literally
- First impressions matter - practice the first 3 minutes of your talk, the rest will follow
We left the auditorium transformed, more confident and with a plan of action and an accountabilibuddy to make sure we deliver.
My work here is done
Unlucky for us, Matt is moving on to his next adventure; but lucky for you, he regularly runs this workshop alongside an array of others at Improvising Change.