Public speaking in English can be a nightmare, though you are absolutely at home in reading and writing. English is not your native language, but we will suggest best possible ways to get rid of all anxiety and have you actively participating.

Begin by asking questions: Suppose you have missed out or not understood some point – just get up and request a repeat! There is no question of it being a bother. Rather, people are so eager to talk that they will be more than happy to clarify. Some polite ways of doing this are:
 That’s interesting, could you please repeat the last bit?
 Your advice is most helpful. May I just jot it down?
If you show your interest, you not only stay in the loop, but a clear demonstration that you are interested.
Use any meeting as a guide to get over the fact that English is not your native language. Usually there is an agenda before any gathering where points to be discussed are laid out. This is your chance – grab it and practice the pronunciation and typical words and phrases that a native speaker would use. All this will help in boosting your confidence. You will know what you want to put across and how to do it in the best possible way.

Watching presentations on video is also a good way. The rhythm and flow of public speaking will be driven home, and you will start feeling more comfortable in speaking a language that is not your mother tongue. There is a greater feeling of confidence in pronouncing words correctly in front of the public.

There is no need to rush: Most of the time it is a feeling of nervous about making a food of ourselves that makes us stutter and fumble and forget our lines. When you see the audience is losing interest, it only worsens the situation. The trick is to breathe in deeply and speak at an even pace. If people have time to understand what you are saying, you are that much closer to speaking like a native speaker.

Be well versed in what you are talking about: Not finding the exact word for what you are saying is not such a big deal, but not knowing your subject matter makes a great deal of difference. It is a very good idea to know and know it thoroughly, almost as well as a native speaker would. Expertise will give you that essential confidence.

Be sure to follow-up and also take notes: No matter what genre of gathering it is, always carry a notebook and pen. Though you might not be speaking, you are taking down words phrases and idea that allow you to speak on par with a native. A very important factor also is that you can pitch in after the meeting.

It is essential to your moving forward, speaking up at any opportunity you get: If you mentally calculating how foolish you will look after making mistakes – DON’T! It is not speaking up that will hurt you and no matter how you manage to put it – get up and make your point. You will find yourself getting better and better with time. The speakers will notice more what you say than your style of delivery. If you remain silent someone else might get the kudos for what is actually your idea. So, BUCK UP!

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