‘Speech anxiety’ is the term used for this fear or trauma which one faces while public speaking. ‘Stage fright’, ‘jitters’, anxiousness’, ‘performance trauma’ is various other related terms. A person suffering from this hardly find any difference between a large or small audience, known or unknown audience, as they tend to fear in either of the cases. Psychologists have proclaimed ‘speech anxiety’ as a special human behaviour, often known to us as ‘shyness’. You can put a control over this behaviour of yours.
You need first to be thoroughly prepared well with your speech and ‘well-rehearsed’ too. You need to keep believe in yourself and your speech, thinking that you have strong ‘openings and closing’ sections in your speech, thus making your speech the best. You need to get acquainted with the hall atmosphere in advance be prepared for hostile interruptions by chance. You need to have an eye contact with the audience, thus helping to build up your confidence. You should know all the good techniques of speaking, and be aware of when to smile, pause and speak slowly or loudly. After all these, you need to go for meditation, mind and nerve control, and calming yourself down. The entire process may help you overcome your ‘speech anxiety’ to a great extent.
You need to get a permanent cure to your fear in public speaking, rather than going through the same practice procedure every time you perform. Firstly, you must not ‘procrastinate’, letting you focus on your anxieties and distracting you away from your preparations, thus dragging you towards your failure. Try to prepare yourself thoroughly with more and more practicing, leaving no time for letting your mind go through any trauma. You need to organize your speech well enough to grab the entire attention from your audience and get their positive feedback. For this, you need to arrange your speech in a logical sequence focussing on the primary ideology you want to portray through your speech. Also, it must be relevant enough with lot of points justifying each fact provided by you. Use visual presentations along with verbal speech if possible, for better effect. Once you have a strong speech with you with alarming opening and closing section, you would feel much secure and fearless. Most probably, audience try to judge a speaker by the first fifteen minutes of his speech. So, try to start your speech on a very interesting note with arresting evidence. Along with this, constant rehearsals and pre-visualizations of your performance lead you towards a fearless and flawless performance. Next, you should keep everything ready before your speech, with all equipments checked for any failure in working, and must be arranged in place. The fear that whether everything would work out well or not increases your anxiety as well. Try to speak to individuals, rather than to an entire audience. That is not possible in an extempore or a public speech, but possible while giving presentations or just conversing with a crowd. Instead of speaking barely looking at the entire group, pick up individuals and talk to him or her, pretending others to be an audience of your conversation. This gives you self-confidence to handle any sort of feedback from your audience. You should pick up an individual every time you go for another point or slide, making the mass feel that you are addressing them personally.