Overcome Your Fear Of Public Speaking By Making A Video Of Yourself

Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking by Making a Video of Yourself

We often fear public speaking because we are afraid of how we appear to others, and we tend to be perfectionists. Make a video of yourself and share it on social media to overcome this fear.

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Impossible suggests we are too hard on ourselves and by sharing the video with others, we'll overcome that perfectionism:

If you watch a video of yourself speaking, you see every little tick and micro-screw up you make. You might even remember what you were thinking about when you said each sentence, and cringe while watching it.

When you're done cringing, give it to someone else, and watch them watch the video. They will probably pay attention but they're probably not going to go through with a fine tooth comb and analyse every single noun you use.

No one is paying too much attention to you. No one cares as much as you do and no one will notice the imperfections in your project or performance as much as you will, so stop worrying about it so much.

If you put it on social media such as YouTube, the site advises not reading the comments. I suggest sharing it via a private link if you put it on such a service.

Check out the link for more ideas on reducing your perfectionism in all areas, not just public speaking.

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    Wow... That has to be some of the riskiest advice I've ever heard. I agree with you that these videos should not be on a public link. Any nervous speaker putting a video on a public link runs the very real risk of a troll destroying their confidence completely.

      I think I would agree with you Mark, it could really destroy confidence, though I do think getting experience and feedback is important. Perhaps like Tom from http://curefearofpublicspeaking.com/ mentions, practice infront of your family first!

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