Can you win over an audience with your voice? What about overcoming your fear of speaking in public? According to one expert, everybody has the ability to wow a crowd if they adapt the right mind set.
This is the question asked in an article on effective public speaking written by Jan Weigel in the Chicago Tribune.
"We are all born with the ability to light up a room, but often the panic that comes with speaking in front of people prevents us from being clear in our communication," said Peter Meyers, co-author of "As We Speak: How to Make Your Point and Have It Stick" (Atria Books)., says the article.
"We see it in babies and dogs because they have this innate presence that is fearless and totally genuine. But gradually over time, we develop adaptive ways of covering our fear. The strategies we develop for looking good and guarding ourselves become layers that prevent us from being able to talk in front of others and takes away our confidence."
Jan then goes on to provide excellent tips on speaking in public minus the fear. These tips include: Speak to one, Extend the vowels, Don't open with a joke and Rehearse.
You can read the detailed article and the tips here.