Public Speaking: Giving a Great Speech : Public Speaking Tips: Visualizing Success

Uploaded by expertvillage on 08.08.2008

Hey, guess what? You're getting up, you're going to give your speech today, and I know
you're really excited about it, and you're not nervous at all. Oh, you're terrified?
Hm, well that's really interesting, because strangely enough, getting up and speaking
in front of people is just about the number one fear of Americans. Now, there's really
no reason to be afraid. I want you to think, what is the worst thing that could happen?
You would die. That's the worst thing that could happen. And you're not going to die!
OK? Now a lot of public speaking people will tell you, OK, what you want to do is you want
get up, and visualize everybody in their underwear or naked. OK, I don't know about you, but
I'm going to have a really hard time focusing on my speech if I'm visualizing some people
naked. You know what I'm talking about? OK. I think you simply focus on what you've written
on, and you visualize success. Instead of seeing people out there in their underwear,
I want you to see you getting uproarious applause when you're done. OK. If you believe you can't
do it, you may not be able to do it. But I believe you can do it. And I think you should
believe that you can do it. So you need to visualize your own success, believe that you
can do it, and remember, the worst thing that could happen, is not going to happen. And
I'll give you another little trick in the trade. If you're really terrified, go first.
If you're in a group of a lot of people that have to speak, go first. Muster the A nerve
and raise that hand when the instructor, or whoever says, who'd like to go first? Force
yourself to do it. I guarantee you it will make a huge difference. The longer you sit
there in your terror, the more terrifying it will be. And it is absolutely nothing to
be afraid of. Visualize your success. Raise your little hand and go first. And I guarantee
you you're going to be a hit.