The Power of Public Speaking
Do You Know What the Number One Fear on the Planet is?
Two words: Public speaking. You heard that correctly. Public speaking is a bigger fear than death among humans.
Isn’t that a crazy idea to digest? Speaking in front of others is more terrifying than death. Now the question is, why?
The Root of Speech Anxiety
Public speaking is not a normal act. You are going up on stage to have plenty of eyeballs looking at you. The army of eyeballs alone are enough to put you in a state of frenzy.
But it does not end there.
Now, you have to go ahead and gather your thoughts to speak for a designated amount of time while working on different variables such as:
1. Eye contact
2. Stage movement
3. Vocal variety.
4. Rapid heartbeat
5. Sweaty palms
6. Dry mouth
So yes, public speaking is not the easiest act, at first.
Key words “at first.”
But then again, what act is easy at first? Most things worth learning take time, effort and repetition. Public speaking is no different.
It is simply a skillset that you can learn, practice and eventually master. All you need to do is begin.
Today, I am going to give you a few ways that your life will change for the best once you have learned the art of the speech. The benefits are truly staggering.
Enhanced Body Language
Human beings place a massive importance on body language in a typical social setting. Body language and tonality make up a around 90% of communication.
Words are not the most important factor to the mass population.
With public speaking, you are able to fine tune your body language. Having the eyes of multiple people watching your every move forces you to be extra conscious of your body.
You are more in tune with confident dynamic hand gestures, stage presence, tonality & strong eye contact.
Mastering these few body elements spills over to your day-to-day life.
Soon, you will notice yourself displaying authoritative power moves in traditional social interactions. This will enhance the level of charisma that you bring into the world.
Your enhanced confidence will stem from two factors:
1. Your body affects your mind, just as much as your mind affects your body. Having improved body language will lead to a mentality shift in your favor, which leads you to a confident thinking pattern.
2. You have just conquered the number one fear on the planet. Very few people can say that. This alone is a massive accomplishment that will allow you to boost your self-esteem for the long run.
Anytime you give a speech, you leave feeling more energized and accomplished. This may not be the case for your first few speeches, as you are learning.
However, once you build up experience each and every time you dominate the stage, you leave with an enhanced self-esteem.
Improved Persuasion Skills
Persuasion has a lot to do with how you say something rather than what you say. That may not seem fair, but it is plain reality.
Human beings are more likely to listen to someone that they view as likeable. One factor that has a massive impact on your likeability is your voice delivery.
The voice serves as a separate entity that can enhance your likeability, exponentially.
After public speaking, your vocal variety will have improved. The vocal projection that is required for a speech will help you exercise and discover new vocal chords that you never knew you had.
Your voice will become more dynamic.
Also, there will be many times on stage where you have forgotten a point. During these moments you will be required to think on your feet.
Thinking on your feet is a key skill that you need in order to be persuasive. Being able to adapt on the fly in your conversations will enhance your likeability and allow you to persuade someone with ease.
This may seem like a strange benefit, but it is very true. Throughout your public speaking journey, you may come across many heckling crowd members, yawners, people who are texting, etc.
During these moments, you can go ahead and give them an emotional response by snapping at their rude behavior.
Or, you can simply brush it off and continue with your speech.
More often than not, you will choose the latter. Each time you choose to brush it off, you will have exercised your patience muscle. This will spillover to you day to day life.
If you are able to maintain composure in front of dozens of people, it will be easy to do the same in daily interactions.
The Dreaded Future Speech is no Longer Dreaded
No matter who you are, there will come a time in your life when you are called to give a speech.
Whether it is for a best man or women speech, a brief talk at your parent’s anniversary party, or a speech for your child’s classroom, your time will come.
Do you really want to live in fear every single day hoping that moment never arrives?
Do you want to be someone who is reliant on alcohol to calm your nerves for a short term fix to simply make your nerves worse in the long run?
The answer is no.
You need to be prepared when you are called on stage. You need to condition your mind to be excited every single time you are given an opportunity to speak in front of others.
As you build experience under the bright lights, your anxiety will morph into adrenaline. Your perception towards speaking will improve after each speech.
With time, you will be eager to seek out speaking opportunities to showcase your skill.
More Life Opportunities
Speech anxiety alone is one of the main reasons people miss out on many precious opportunities.
There are people with great ideas that can change the world, but they are too afraid to speak in front of an audience.
People with excellent personal brands are afraid to relay their message further, because they have stage fright.
Tons of people have questions left unanswered because their speech anxiety spills over into a classroom which prevents them from raising their hand.
These are just a few of the many ways that your speech anxiety is holding you back from your best self. In order to make an impact on this world, you need to become confident with your voice in front of others.
You must be able to dominate a stage with your message, where people have no option but to listen to you.
Is change possible on your end? Absolutely.
You just need to begin making it a priority. Otherwise, you will be leaving growth on the table.
The Choice is Yours
These are only a few of the many benefits that public speaking will have on your life. The question is, are you willing to seize your moment?
Are you someone that is hoping to make an impact on this world? Are you someone who is willing to overcome the number one fear on the planet?
These are questions for which you alone have the answer. Remember one main point:
You only get one shot at life.
Don’t look back on your life filled with regret because you were unable to muster up enough courage to take that risk which could have potentially changed your life forever.
Instead, be the aged soul that is proud of how you pushed aside fleeting emotions to harness your best self.
Want to know a secret?
The only key ingredient you need for public speaking is heart.
If you believe you have that then you will be a speaking superstar in no time. All you have to do is take that first step.
– ArmaniTalks 🎙️🔥