Why People think that Public Speaking is a big fear. Actually Public Speaking is very Interesting method to speak in front of people who do not know you. Public speaking is an art where the speaker or the orator informs and influences the audience on a certain issue.
How to Avoid Public Speaking Gaffes:
The word “gaffe” seems to be in print in increasing numbers. When you participate in political campaigns or when any person speaks frequently and is followed by the press, the possibility for gaffes is great. A gaffe is an embarrassing mistake you make in public. Another definition is a blatant mistake or misjudgment, or a social or diplomatic blunder.
Think about questions that may be asked of you and how you will answer them. If you know your subject well and how it relates to current situations, you can anticipate many of the questions so you won’t be caught off guard. According to a book by Dan Rather, The Camera Never Blinks, prior to a press conference President Kennedy would call in his White House staff to grill him on questions the press would probably ask. Thus he was rarely blindsided when speaking to the public.
Don’t be afraid to pause a moment or two when asked a question. Those 2 or 3 seconds give you valuable time to consider your response. Don’t just blurt out anything that comes to mind as soon as the question is asked. What you say cannot be taken back, so the few seconds to think can save you embarrassment and a loss of credibility.
Finally, don’t talk too much. Keep your comments short and concise. Don’t take a minute to give an opinion when you could say the same information is ten seconds. The longer you elaborate the more possibilities you have for committing a gaffe. As my mother-in-law used to say, “Don’t tell all you know.”
By Stephen Boyd