In a recent article on The Debating News website it goes over how speech anxiety could be linked to low self-esteem. The author of the post explains that for him personally, doing something that increased his self-esteem (in this case running a marathon) really helped him with his speech anxiety. “Lack of self-esteem, which is a predisposition to speech anxiety, is a massive obstacle to debaters.” I completely agree with this statement and think that part of being a great debater is having the confidence, poise, and self-esteem necessary to show your expertise in the area being debated.
One of the easiest ways to overcome speech anxiety is to boost your own self-esteem, which isn’t always a simple thing to do. The author of the article mentions goal setting as a great, simple way to start building self-esteem. Let’s take a look at an example. Let’s say that you set yourself a simple goal or resolution to run a marathon in the next three months. At first this might seem like an imposible task but as you continue to train it will be much easier for you to see the light. As you develop confidence in your running abilities, your self-esteem will increase as well, hopefully resulting in you meeting or exceeding the goals that you’ve set for yourself.
Don’t be afraid to start off small, especially if you’re not very far along in developing your self-esteem. A simple like, “I’m going to wake up before 9AM every day this week” can boost your self-confidence as long as you properly motivate yourself to follow through. This boost in self confidence will definitely have positive effects in your debating skills as well- because like I mentioned before debate prowess is directly correlated to how confident you are in yourself and in your skills. So what’s stopping you? Set a goal today and get started boosting your own self-confidence!