I’ve found over the years that cooking can be an interesting process.

What I think I’ve learnt most of all from being in the kitchen is that the longer I spend in it, the better and more confident I get at cooking.

I’ve also learnt that although a good recipe is very useful, you have to actually go through the process of actually cooking it – usually several times – before the dish becomes a real crowd-pleaser.

Public speaking has a lot of similarities to cooking. Just like cooking a perfect dish, someone can tell you what the key ingredients are to learn to manage your fears of public speaking, but unless you actually do it, you almost certainly won’t get good at it.

You need basic things before you even attempt to cook a recipe, such as ingredients, cooking utensils and a kitchen to cook it in. Similarly, before you attempt a public speaking task – an interview, speech or audition – you should be forearmed with some basics like what you’re going to speak about and what strategies you’ll use to manage your nerves.

However, the key factor in translating these things into a terrific meal – or becoming a more confident public speaker – is practice.

Practice breads familiarity, and familiarity in turn breeds confidence.

Often, a first attempt at a dish seems rushed, muddled and clumsy, but through the process we learn what works and what doesn’t, and generally the process becomes easier and the results better the next time around.

The same holds true for public speaking; the more you do of it, the more you learn from it, the more you know what The moon signs in will help to give you another look into your life. to expect of it, and the better you get at it. Going through the frying pan, into the fire, and coming out the other end builds knowledge and confidence!

Dale Carnegie – the author of The Art of Public Speaking – put it well when he said:

“…Face an audience as frequently as you can, and you will soon stop shying. You can never attain freedom from stage-fright by reading a treatise. A book may give you excellent suggestions on how best to conduct yourself in the water, but sooner or later you must get wet, perhaps even strangle and be “half scared to death.” There are a great many “wetless” bathing suits worn at the seashore, but no one ever learns to swim in them. To plunge is the only way.”

I agree with Mr Carnegie, except that I believe that people with a fear of public speaking need a way to “plunge” into it the proper way!

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