Public speaking can be terrifying, especially if you are naturally an introvert.
However, being an introvert shouldn’t stop you from becoming an outstanding presenter. The world is filled with successful speakers and entertainers who identify themselves at least partially as introverted.
The key for introverts is to expand themselves and open up to the possibility of spending at least part of their time in an extroverted state. It might not feel comfortable at first, but it is a crucial step for anyone who wants to be a more effective communicator.
1. Prepare like an athlete.
Before every presentation make sure to warm up your body and mind. You could try some stretching or yoga exercises or go for a brisk walk. It is helpful to get all the tension out of your body first, and then focus your mind on the outcome you want to achieve.
Once you have relaxed, start thinking thoughts as though your desired outcome has been achieved, such as “I loved being with this audience!” or “My presentation was a great success!” This will switch your mind from fear to certainty that you can achieve the result you want and approach the presentation with confidence.
2. Visualize the outcome you want.