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“Silence is for fools. Communication is for leaders. Justice is for those brave enough to not stand another moment dealing with people that feel the solution to any problem is through cold indifference because of their lack of courage and insecurities.” - Shannon L. Alder
While nerves may always be a part of the public speaking process, know that the audience does not know how you feel or what you are thinking on the inside just because they are looking at you. These phenomenon is known as the illusion of transparency. Make sure to realize that the audience simply cannot read that far into your presentation. In fact, often times speakers who review a taped version of their speech are pleasantly surprised to find that their nerves were not apparent as they believe them to be! Remember that the audience can only see what you display on the outside.
Early in her time as part of the royal family, Princess Diana was known as “Shy Di” for her avoidance of being snapped in pictures and giving speeches. Princess Diana, despite being known throughout the United Kingdom and world, had a substantial amount of speaking anxiety. She began overcoming this fear by engaging in more public speaking, reducing her uncertainty by continuing to speak publically. After a trip to Angola where she became aware of the scourge of landmines, she felt passionate and confident enough to deliver a speech to the Royal Geographical Society to raise awareness about and ultimately take steps to eradicate the landmines. In the short clip below, note how she exuded confidence and calm even though she was undoubtedly still somewhat nervous on the inside.