How do I overcome my fear of speaking to large audiences?

The fear of speaking to big audiences is just that — a fear — it’s not a reality.

Because the truth is there’s no difference in speaking to 10 or 20 people whose faces you can see and whose reactions you can gauge and speaking to 200 or 500 or a thousand. The difference is primarily with a large audience. You’re going to have so many lights in your face that you’re most likely not going to be able to see their faces. Now, for some people that’s a plus. You’re not going to have to worry about how you’re going over.

Hopefully you’ll hear their response, but the actual truth is your message is the same. Whether it’s a small group or a large group, you want to connect. You want to be real. You want to give them the gift that you have in your presentation, and so for many people speaking in front of a large audience, for you don’t see them is actually easier. And for some of us like me who love the response, I like to see their faces, but either way the gift is the same and it’s yours to give.