Pounding heart, stomach in knots… an overwhelming urge to run and hide….sound familiar? Public speaking terrifies A LOT OF US. And it doesn’t help that some people are more naturally gifted at delivering engaging talks—in fact, it just perpetuates the (false) belief that we’re either born with it, or we’re not.

Newsflash: with enough persistence, anyone can learn to motivate and inspire an audience.

Regardless of where you are on the fear spectrum right now—from slight nervousness to full on panic—there are some really effective strategies that can help you build your confidence. We’ve pulled our six favorite TED Talks that cover the importance of being your authentic self, the impact of body language, the secrets of storytelling, and the effect of your speech pace.

As you focus on the tips specific to public speaking, also pay attention to how differently each speaker delivers their message—who do you relate to and why?

1. Danish Dhamani : How I Overcame My Fear of Public Speaking

2. Chris Anderson: TED’s secret To great public speaking

 

3. Nancy Duarte: The secret structure of great talks

 

4. Susan Cain: The power of introverts

 

5. The clues to a great story

 

In addition to broadening your knowledge, analyzing other speakers in action is a crucial step in your journey to being a better public speaker. You can take inspiration from the presentations you resonate with and experiment with new approaches to improve your own delivery.

What’s your favorite TED talk?