Now let’s take a look at the fear of public speaking. As a network marketer this could take the form of conference calls, training and opportunity meetings. The fear is that you will look or sound stupid. What are the chances of delivering an intelligent presentation while mentally forecasting stupidity? Very low.
So what is the solution to fear of public speaking?
1. Be prepared. Know what you’re going to say. Never “wing-it.”
Before diffusing my first live bomb, I spent copious hours studying the anatomy of explosives. I furthered the learning process by role-playing for days with dummy bombs.
In our platoon we lived by the phrase, “The more you bleed in training the less you bleed in combat.” Bravery and success comes from confidence in ones own ability, not from placing oneself at risk. The same principle applies to public speaking.
Study your materials; prepare your notes; role play what you will say into a tape recorder. When you stand up in front of people just think – “First I’ll say this, then I’ll say this.”