Public Speaking can be overwhelming – even for those who tend to be confident people. It can be quite daunting when you find yourself standing in front of a big group of people and they are all looking at you with an expectation that you will share something useful and interesting. You definitely do not want to disappoint them.
Fear of public speaking is a common form of anxiety. It can range from slight nervousness to paralysing fear and panic. Many people with this fear avoid public speaking situations altogether, or they suffer through them with shaking hands and a trembling voice. However, with preparation and persistence, you can overcome your fear.
These steps may help:
- Know your topic.
The better you understand and know what you are talking about — and the more you care about the subject — the less likely you will make a mistake or get off track. It is also great to show enthusiasm regarding your topic – believe in what you are talking about! And if you do get lost, you'll be able to recover quickly. Take some time to consider what questions the audience may ask and have your answers ready.
- Get organized.
The more organized you are, the less nervous you'll be. Take plenty of time to prepare, carefully plan out the information you want to present, including a PowerPoint presentation – ensure it includes some adequate images or/and audio or visual aids. On the PPT document, just write dot points of things you would like to cover during the talk – these are there to remind you what you should talk about. Never memorise a whole presentation. You want it to have a natural flow.
Prior to the presentation, it is also a good idea to check or have someone check all the equipment and load your presentation on to the PC you will be using.
- Prepare and practice.
Practice your complete presentation several times. Practice in front of a mirror, then do it for some people you're comfortable with and ask for feedback. It may also be helpful to practice with a few people who you don’t know that well. Think about making a video of your presentation so you can watch it and see opportunities for improvement.
- Visualize your success.
Imagine that your presentation will go well. Positive thoughts can help decrease some of your negativity about your social performance and relieve some anxiety.
- Do some deep breathing.
This can be very calming. Take two or more deep, slow breaths before you get up to the podium and during your speech.
- Build a rapport
Use an icebreaker (a relevant joke) or share a short personal story (that is relevant to the subject in some way) – so people can relate to you – this will help you relax and build a rapport with your audience.
- Do not fear a moment of silence.
If you lose track of what you are saying or start to feel nervous and your mind goes blank, it may seem like you have been silent for an eternity. In reality, it is probably only a few seconds. Even if it is longer, it's likely your audience won't mind a pause to consider what you've been saying. Just take a few slow, deep breaths.
- Recognize your success.
You did it! Even though you are not a big fan of public speaking, it is an important skill and well done for doing it. Every experience counts and helps you grow as a professional. After your speech or presentation, give yourself a pat on the back. It may not have been perfect, but chances are you are far more critical of yourself than your audience is. See if any of your specific worries actually occurred. Everyone makes mistakes. Look at any mistakes you made as an opportunity to improve your skills.
At Australian Internships, we are here to assist in your career development and we are big supporters of trying new things when you are in your internships! There is no better way to learn than by doing, so the more opportunities you have to do presentations, the better & more confident public speaker you will become. Good luck!
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6 April 2004
The Australian territory of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands officially adopts its own flag.
8 April 1817
Australia's first bank, the Bank of New South Wales (later Westpac) is established
10 April 1811
Australia's first toll road opens.
13 April 1969
The last tram to operate in Brisbane, Australia, completes its final run.
17 April 1935
Australian airline Qantas operates its first overseas passenger flight.
18 April 1971
Burger King opens its first Australian Hungry Jack’s store in Innaloo, Perth.
Victor Hugo Rosa Micelli
Field: Chemical Engineering
Why did you decide to do your internship in Australia?
After searching for some opportunities around the world, Australia was the only country that had the opportunity of the internship in my field and this was a major factor for me. The huge economic growth and the social development of it also influenced in my choice. I will not forget to mention the endless summer, at least in Queensland!
What made this experience unique and special?
Being able to leave everything behind to face a new life was something that made me excited from the very first moment. After arriving here, I felt daily the non-stop excitement of discovering everyday something new and living millions of new experiences, not only in the workplace but also in the life in general.
How has this experience impacted your future?
This experience certainly will influence me in my future decisions such as looking for somewhere else to live after graduating. Living abroad opened my mind and gave me the ability to rethink the opportunities that the world offers.
What was the highlight of your experience?
Definitely leaving the comfort zone. When you have everything in your hands, it is easy to not look for new ways of improving something in your life. Being by myself and without some privileges opened my eyes and now I feel that I am able to achieve everything that I want.
What advice you would offer someone considering interning abroad in Australia?
Since early days, I had in my mind that I wanted to live abroad. For me, at least, leaving my family behind was the worst part, but after I took the first step of searching for opportunities, I had to set my mind to a different frequency so I would be able to achieve something else more than what I had. So, the only tip that I would give is to at least search for something that catches your attention and, from there, do your best to conquer it.
I am originally from Brazil and came to Australia to improve my English skills. My first stop was Sydney and very soon, I adapted to the Australian lifestyle and fell in love with the country.
I started working at Australian Internships in 2014 as a Marketing intern. It was my very first international experience in my field and I was very excited about the opportunity. After a few months, I was offered a full time job as a Marketing Executive in the Sydney office, which is my current role.
How would you describe your work?
I would describe my work as challenging and rewarding. Challenging because I am always dealing with different people from around the world, with different cultures and expectations. I learn a lot from this people and feel very happy to be able to help them improve their professional skills. Coming to Australia to complete an internship is a dream for many of our candidates and I think it is really rewarding to be a little part of it!
What do you like the most about your work?
I am completely passionate about my field of study (Marketing, Branding and Advertising), about understanding people and how they relate to brands. Building a powerful and trustworthy brand is something that motivates me to wake up every morning and come to the office. Being in a company that is helping people to achieve their career dreams is inspiring and I love being part of it!
Your message to the interns
Well, I was an intern in Australia before, so somehow I feel I understand each and every one of our interns. I think it is very important that you follow your dreams and that you believe in yourself. We are capable of unimaginable things, we just need to believe in it!
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Litchfield National Park
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