In their new book, Scared Speechless: 9 Ways to Overcome Your Fears and Captivate Your Audience, authors Steve Rohr and Dr. Shirley Impellizzeri note that public speaking is the No. 1 fear in America: “You’d rather die, be willing to get stuck in small spaces, make nice with spiders, or slither with snakes. That sounds crazy!”
Do you suffer from glossophobia, the fear of speaking in public? Not all of us are called upon to give a keynote speech, a graduation commencement, or speaking in front of thousands at a political rally—thank heavens. But public speaking can also entail making a presentation in front of a smaller group, perhaps around a conference table at work, or leading grace at Thanksgiving. If delivering a speech of any sort leaves you feeling tongue-tied, use these affirmations to make yourself feel more confident and powerful. We know you have something important to share, no matter how large or small the audience.
- Speaking to this group, I find myself becoming energized and excited.
- I have so much to say and can’t wait to share it.
- Words and thoughts come effortlessly to me.
- I connect with the audience so naturally.
- I am courageous on this stage.
- My message is so important, and the group wants to receive it.
- There is a powerful flow of energy between me and the audience.
- I enjoy hearing the sound of my own voice.
- I am grateful for this opportunity to connect with others.
- Today, I am fearless.
- I have transformed fear into joy.
- I enjoy presenting and sharing my ideas.
- My words can have a positive effect on other people.
- I can’t wait to practice this new skill of public speaking!
- Today, I’m making a difference by being brave.
- I am a powerful, inspiring speaker.
- I am more and more comfortable speaking in front of others.
- I’m confident and comfortable.
- I’m sincere with my words and going to have great results.
- Today, I expect success.
Do you have soothing affirmations you use to calm your nerves before speaking? If so, share below in the comments section.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is a writer and editor based in Los Angeles. Her latest book is Hawaii’s Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!