Many people have this common fear.
Speaking in public frequently has helped a lot of people overcome this fear, but this alone is not a guarantee that you'll completely conquer this fear.
Below are some helpful hints that'll help ease your public speaking nerves.
A poor understanding of your topic leads to a low state of confidence.
Before you speak, make sure that you have enough time to prepare to the point where you have an excellent mastery of your topic.
Doing this will result in a big difference both in how you deliver your message and in the way you interact with your audience.
Mastery of your topic makes you feel like an authority on the subject matter at hand.
To be able to be prepared like this, do your research extensively.
Not having a strong conviction on where you stand on an issue is another reason why you may be afraid of public speaking.
You should be certain about your personal stance on the issue before you speak with your audience.
It will help you become a credible speaker.
Data gathered from research will help you in your speaking engagement.
Back up your statements or arguments with facts that you find when you research your subject matter.
Factual statements will help you gain credibility with your audience.
Factual data can also be very encouraging for your listeners because they gain information from listening to you as well.
Take advantage of technology like PowerPoint or other visual aids.
This use of technology can make you feel like you are in step with the demands of modernity or ahead in this compared to many of your audience.
Study each and every idea thoroughly.
Make sure that you are using proper grammar and read and read until you are certain of the smoothness and flow of thoughts in your material.
Make sure that your message is appropriate and interesting.
The message should be appropriate so that it's relevant to the occasion and audience (age, gender, leanings on issue and other demographic considerations).
Think deeply of the theme of the event.
Most successful speakers know how to fix their focus on the theme.
These speakers often leave their audience in awe and moved by the way they were encouraged to do certain things.
If you can do this, not only will you be able to say that you overcame a big fear but also that you have become a good speaker as well.