Using Music to Improve Public Speaking Performance

Smiling Man Listening to Music

Do you have a song that just makes you smile, or one that helps get you motivated for your morning run?  If you do – you’re not alone.  Music can be a powerful tool to change your state of mind and motivate you to action.  Psychologists have long studied the powerful positive effects of music on our brain and mood.  As much as music is used effectively in other fields it can be applied to the art and science of public speaking. Music has a capacity to engage a wide variety of our neurobiological systems to change the way we think and feel.  The powerful tool of music can be another tool to keep you positive, focused and performing optimally as a speaker.  
Listening to the right type of music before a speech (or other types of performance) can have significant positive effects including reducing anxiety and boosting confidence. In this article, we will cover a few ways music can be used to improve your mood and in turn your public speaking performance.
Music and your mood are inherently linked. So playing uplifting and motivating music before you are about to perform is a great way to improve your mood and as a result your confidence and performance. However, music (like most art) is a very personal and emotional experience unique to each of us. So be sure to look for music that gives you a feel good vibe as this is an effective way to find motivating music.
While uplifting and motivational music elevates your mood and encourages you to be confident, it is not the only type of music that is beneficial. Music that is calming and tranquil is also a common choice, especially for people who suffer from stress or anxiety prior to performing. Calming music helps ease your mind and reduces the impact of worrying thoughts, such as fears regarding the impending performance. Listening to a variety of songs and choosing ones that make you feel relaxed and at peace is an excellent way to help you discover the right songs.

Create Your Power Playlist

Once you have taken the time to find the types of music and songs that work for you, we advise you ensure you have a wide selection of suitable music ready to go. Whenever you identify a song that you enjoy and makes you feel better, add it to a playlist so it is ready to go when you need it most. Once you have built your playlist, get into the habit of playing it. Do so while you practice your speech, before you go on stage or anytime at all. Get yourself accustomed to feeling strong, empowered and self-confident feelings you feel while you ‘rock out’ to your power playlist. You deserve to take center stage. Why not have those uplifting tunes in the back of your mind helping you stay motivated for the public speaking success you so deserve.

Joseph Guarino is a professional public speaker, trainer and owner of the Institute of Public Speaking a Boston based international public speaking & leadership training organization. As a seasoned public speaking trainer & professional speaker he enjoys helping other succeed in this worthy and rewarding craft. The Institute of Public Speaking offers a variety of public speaking courses for individuals (1 on 1 training), executive speech coaching, one day public speaking bootcamps, advanced public speaking bootcamps and public speaking seminars for corporations & groups of any size.
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