If you’ve been feeling afraid to speak in public and don’t have time to take a presentation skills training…find out 5 affirmations you can use, starting now.

Aspiring entrepreneurs, students just out of college, experienced and novice professionals alike often share a single trait in common. The fear of speaking in public. Nervous jitters about speaking to a group of people.

If you’ve ever felt like this, today is the day all that changes.

Here are a couple of affirmations: Today is the beginning of my new life. Today is the day I will present without fear. These are positive statements, which are true…starting right now.

As you may be familiar with, positive thinking and affirmations are powerful tools to change one’s state of mind. When facing a persistent fear, it helps to know the ‘inner game’ or mindset that is most effective in dissolving this fear.

That ‘game’ is affirmations. By repeatedly focusing on positive statements, positive feelings and positive outcomes, guess how you feel? Positive! Happy. Ready to take on the world.

Naturally, the reverse is true too. By repeatedly focusing on negative statements, negative emotions, and negative outcomes, guess how will you feel? Awful. That’s why it is really no surprise that by repeating the mantra, “I hate presenting” over and over, many people create a negative trance state. The natural outcome of repeating this phrase is feeling bad, hating presenting, and being filled with fear.

The choice is clear. Do you want to cultivate the habit of positive thoughts and outcomes—or negative ones? Because you’re reading this article, it is clear you want to build a new positive habit about speaking in public.

Use these 5 affirmations to create a positive state of mind and a powerful open attitude about public speaking.

1. Today is the beginning of feeling at ease in front of people.
2. I am starting to feel confident speaking in front of people today.
3. I am grateful to be sharing ideas and speaking in front of people.
4. I am speaking with passion and purpose today.
5. Today is the best day to speak up in front of people.

What do you notice about these statements? They are very positive. They are focused on current feelings. They invoke a feeling of possibility, options and transformation.

Also, notice one other thing. You can start saying them right now. You don’t have to ‘do something first’ to get ready. Simply saying these phrases and thinking these thoughts invites an open state of mind.

Of course, you may choose to get support for your new attitude. This is a natural outcome of developing a positive mindset. Just consider it a positive effect that you want to learn new skill sets and gain new tool sets.

While you are practicing your attitude, surround yourself with positive influences. Hang out with people who enjoy speaking in public. Get to know people who like to present ideas. Go online and find presentation skills trainings. Read articles and watch videos about visual storytelling.

The more you surround yourself with positive input, the better you will feel.

See, you can transform the fear of public speaking into the joy of sharing ideas. As you focus on all the good things in life, and in your life, make speaking to others part of the things you are giving thanks for.

Author's Bio: 

Milly Sonneman is a recognized expert in visual language. She is the co-director of Presentation Storyboarding, a leading presentation training firm, and author of the popular guides: Beyond Words and Rainmaker Stories available on Amazon. Milly helps business professionals give winning presentations, through Email Marketing skills trainings at Presentation Storyboarding. You can find out more about our courses or contact Milly through our website at: http://www.presentationstoryboarding.com/