Fear of Public Speaking

Do you do avoid having speak in front of people? Do you have a fear of public speaking? Do you want or need to overcome it?

The experts agree the #1 thing you can do is to gain experience speaking in front of people. This means doing exactly what makes you uncomfortable. With Virtual Orator you can speak in from of virtual people and ease yourself into the situation.

Why do you avoid public speaking?

Afraid you will embarrass yourself?
You probably are not going to embarrass yourself. Fear not, we can assure you our virtual humans will not tell anyone how you did.

They will laugh at me.
Our virtual audiences behave as directed, which means they will not laugh at you.

I’m going to bore them.
This happens when your fear holds you back. Pick a topic you are passionate about and practice with our virtual audiences. Once your fears subside, you’ll be free to talk expressively in front of people.

Do you have to give a talk? Are you going to practice the talk?
You should be.

Why do you avoid practicing public speaking?

My family/friends don’t want to listen.
We will invite you an audience for every practice. You can have a large audience or small. You have the control over how eager they are to hear you talk.

My family/friends won’t listen yet again.
Every time you launch Virtual Orator you’ll get a new and fresh audience. Even if a virtual human shows up more than once, they’ll be happy to hear you talk.

Stop avoiding practicing!
Practice with Virtual Orator first, then you can impress your family and friends with a polished talk the first time.

Need more Guidance

The Virtual Orator blog has a focus on practical, actionable information for helping your public speaking.

How to start?

A presentation to a group of 4 attentive virtual people seated at tables in a classroom. Your notes are visible in front of you, helping to: keep you on track, not to forget points and remember eye contact.

Start simple and easy. Do a short talk (3 minutes) about a topic you know well. Maybe just about yourself. Set Virtual Orator to a friendly, easy audience. Choose only a few people. Then it is like a conversation. Use notecards to remind yourself of important points and keep on point.

Repeat as often as you need.

A classroom half full. Tables extend the width of the room. You are standing behind a desk presenting, giving a feeling of security. The audience is mostly attentive, though two have mobile phones out.

Bump up the size of the audience. Add a few people at a time.

Give a longer talk. Virtual Orator reports how long the talk was. Check the length.

Shift to a more realistic audience in the settings. Try adding the expected length. If you go over the audience will start to get anxious.

You are ready to move on!

Congratulations. You are overcoming your fear and feeling more comfortable in realistic situations. Now you can focus on training public speaking skills and preparing and honing presentations instead of your old fears. Your audience is awaiting for you to step on stage.