Yesterday, someone asked me to give some advice on how to speak English confidently. And I think this is a topic that interests a lot of people. Feeling like Kermit the frog?
Not anymore! I am no expert, but I have had some experience giving speeches in English.
Here’s what works:
It is extremely important to feel ready. Whether there’s a presentation coming or an event where you have to speak, make sure you’ve practiced enough to have a successful presentation. This is the part where you should not trust Google search or a random article you find on a blog . Not completely. There is no such thing as the best way to practice. You should try different strategies, but try to find YOUR best way to practice. Just notice what works for you.
The day of the BIG event! Breathe in, breathe out. If you did prepare properly, emotions are normal. When I was in high school, a teacher told us that only people who don’t prepare have no worries. ‘Cause they know nothing so they have no reasons to be nervous. Instead of denying your emotions, embrace them and turn them into constructive feelings.
Take some moments before your speech. Talk with your best friend or listen to that motivational song that makes you feel invincible. Then go out there and be ready to shine!✨
Focus on the message
A lot of people feel overwhelmed by the fear of making mistakes. My suggestion is: focus on the message, the ideas you want to transmit. Give your best shot and be ready to inspire! 🌟
Forget about the mistakes
Here’s a quote I really like:
“Worrying is stupid. It’s like walking around with an umbrella waiting for it to rain.” – Wiz Khalifa
Instead of thinking about all the things that could go wrong, consider all the things that WILL go better than expected. I know, you sometimes find yourself in the middle of your speech, realizing you make a mistake. Don’t let that get to you! Every time I make a mistake, I correct myself, then I apologize and I simply move on. I think this is the best thing to do.
“Fake it till you make it”
Cliché or not, this works. Every time I tried hiding my insecurities behind a confident smile and an assertive voice, it did wonders. Give it a try! Let me know how it goes.