It is normal to feel nervous when delivering a motivational speech for the first time. However, it can be damaging to your career and credibility if that nervousness worsens despite your getting more experience on stage. The reason behind this nervousness is fear, fear that not everyone realizes is there or just refuse to think about for the fear of discovering something unpleasant about his personality and ability.
To give you an idea about the nature of the common fears a motivational speaker has, they are elaborated here in the hopes that you may realize your weaknesses as a keynote speaker.
1.Fear of failure
The root of all fear in public speaking is the fear of failure. In the head of an inexperienced motivational speaker, his failure is sure to lead to other bad situations that will breed new fears, like the ones you are about to read below. Due to lack of self-confidence and self-worth, he automatically considers the possibility of failing the task even before weighing the factors that may lead to it. He rarely realizes that with enough preparation, failure becomes more far-fetched.
2.Fear of embarrassment
Everyone fears getting embarrassed in public. Even experienced motivational speakers hate the idea. The only difference is that those with extensive experience in public speaking know exactly what to do in these situations. Sometimes, it’s even a matter of anticipation, preparation, and practice as a result of experiencing embarrassment in the past. As they say, you won’t be able to manage embarrassment unless you know how it feels like.
The fear of embarrassment can be logical or illogical. It is logical if you notice that no one in the audience listens to you, but it is illogical if you are embarrassed at the idea that they laugh at you in the inside. Knowing the difference will help you stay realistic about what you feel.
3.Fear of receiving ire
Those who lack confidence and authority are also more afraid of getting harsh criticisms. This is because they already anticipate the worst-case scenario, which is to get the audience furious about a mere speech. This is an illogical fear.
When you are told to anticipate, that is based on the premise of reality, which is the fact that you cannot please everybody and you cannot convince everyone to agree with you. That doesn’t mean that you should anticipate worst-case scenarios that can be avoided with preparation anyway. Besides, receiving contrasting opinions and arguments are more realistic than receiving someone’s ire just because that person doesn’t agree with you.
4.Fear of not knowing what to do
For other motivational speakers, the situation where they are embarrassed or caught off guard isn’t really the problem; rather, it is not knowing what to do with it. They hate the idea that they can’t do anything about the situation, especially if they are used to controlling everything. Since most of these speakers are authorities and bosses, many of them are easily fazed with uncomfortable and awkward situations.
5.Fear without logical reason
Like phobia and anxiety disorder, the fear that an inexperienced motivational speaker may feel isn’t necessarily based on any logical reason. He is just uncomfortable with the idea that he has to present a topic for several minutes to an hour in front of a critical crowd. This is usually due to traumatic or bad experience with facing the crowd or with public speaking, and lack of self-confidence.
It is normal to feel nervous, but normal here doesn’t ruin your career or your credibility. You should be able to assess your own emotions to really gauge your level of preparedness as a motivational speaker. Have faith in your own ability and deliver your speech with conviction.