Problems of public speaking. Is self-confidence really necessary?

Dmitriy Ivanenko
2 min readNov 20, 2023

I asked this question to one of the neural networks. What she replied: “Of course, working on your shyness and developing public speaking skills is one of the key success factors in the modern world.”

This answer suggests that the existing literature, for the most part, denies a person’s right to shyness and directly connects his success with his manner in public. But very often a person is not able to overcome his shyness at all — this may be due to the peculiarities of growth in childhood or other life factors. But, at the same time, his knowledge or skills can be useful to other people.

Recently, a new male commentator appeared on one of the economic programs. He replaced a confident woman, but differs in visible shyness to some extent. Although the shyness of the commentator is noticeable, it does not interfere with the perception of information. The presenter has the information, explains everything clearly and this levels out his features.

Many training courses inspire the need to convey to the audience the confidence and unambiguity of the information presented. And it is desirable that the speaker looks perfect for perception. But is it really good? Our world is not perfect and excessive idealization of information and objects, on the contrary, causes a person to distrust.

Pay attention to the synthetic drawings of neural networks. Our brain almost immediately detects the unnatural nature of images of people, although algorithms assume synthesis based on real images. The same can be said about the excessive idealization of your way of presenting information in public speeches.

Of course, training will not hurt you: practicing gestures, facial expressions, voice intonation. The more you practice, the more confident you will feel during the performance. But your natural shyness should not be suppressed too aggressively: The public will listen to you as you are, if you present the necessary information clearly and accessible.

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Dmitriy Ivanenko

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