I’m just curious, are you introverted? As entrepreneurs, there are going to be many times where we have to speak in front of people. Whether it’s to close a deal, or to share wisdom with your massive team. Fortunately, public speaking is a learned skill. Here is how I learned to overcome my fear.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a socially awkward, shy guy. By my late teens, I barely spoke at all. So you can imagine how much fun I had in my early years of business 😋. My nervousness was so bad that I would sweat and shake in fear during conference calls in my empty house. I often muted my line and pretended to be away from the phone to avoid being asked to speak.
Still, I attended every presentation, and joined my team in group prospecting. As time went by, I became more comfortable around them. Fear of talking to them went away. My confidence extended to speaking in front of them, plus a single guest, 2 guests, and so on.
At home, I made a habit of thinking out loud, often conversing with myself. I would also read out loud, pretending I had an audience. I also watched videos of speakers such as Jim Rohn and Joel Osteen, observing their mannerisms and movements. My business sponsor, who presents the weekly team meetings, is also someone I watch and mimic.
My sponsor once unexpectedly had me teach the team a certain strategy. So I nervously stood in the front of the room and stammered my way through it. Weeks later, he did it again. And again. Not only did I get used to it, I had so much fun training the team that I lost the fear and began to volunteer. Thus giving me even more incentive to gain experience in speaking before an audience.
Now I’m at a point where I don’t feel any fear except for some slight goosebumps when I’m standing on a stage before a few dozen viewers. I’d like to tell you that this was all an easy, quick process. It actually took about 4 years and lots of awkward spots from demonic, extroverted, psycho-colleagues. The time will go by, whether you overcome your shyness or not. Why not invest that time in improving your communication skills?
Make a nice day!