If you are suffering communication anxiety, don’t panic! Communication anxiety is not a pathologic illness. It is just a fear for speaking in public, which is fairly common amongst average people. A big proportion of people can not perform to their full potential when delivering public speech, and some individuals even rank public speaking as their biggest fears and are willing to do anything to avoid the situation.

One of the main things to remember in order for one to figure out a way on how to overcome fear of public speaking is that it does not have to be stressful. If you understood the causes of the stress from presentation skill classes, then you would just have to remember the following key principles. These will eventually give you the confidence you need when it comes to speaking in public.

This is where a small thing is made into a larger important issue. This is similar to the how a cartoonist will exaggerate the features of a politician for effect.

You may also consider preparing some visual aids, such as PowerPoint, Posters, Projections, Videos, etc. During your speech, visual aids can help you easy move from one subject to another, and you will only become more confident as you move on. Of course, you need to practice with them as much as you can before the speech.

Seasoned public speakers come across as poised, comfortable and totally in control of their subject for one very good reason – practice. Of all public speakings tips this one has to rank right at the top of the list.

The workshop I attended was a one day introduction to the basics of performing improvisation described as a ‘crash course in improv’. Through various games and exercises (alternating as actors and audience) we learned how to perform without the luxury of a script or rehearsal and sometimes without intelligible language. In one exercise we could only communicate using the language of ‘gibberish’. Each actor quickly tried to convey their character and the setting through movement and meaningless babble so that the other actors could react appropriately. The laughter never stopped!

Don’t try memorizing your speech word for word either. As you practice more, you probably will do some sort of unconscious memorization, but just focus on delivering good content.