How I Overcame My Fear of Public Speaking | Danish Dhamani | TEDxKids@SMU

  • Published on Dec 15, 2017
  • Communication is the most important skill for personal and professional success. In this talk, Danish Dhamani discusses how overcoming your fear of public speaking is key to leading a fulfilling life and unlocking your true potential. Danish’s vision is to empower everyone around the world to overcome their fear of public speaking and to become a better communicator. As a first generation immigrant, for whom English is a second language, the fear of public speaking haunted Danish throughout his early life. By constant practicing and coaching, he soon realized that people are not born public speakers; instead public speaking is a learn-able skill. This is what inspired Danish to create Orai, a mobile app that uses artificial intelligence to improve your speaking ability. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Comments • 696

  • asma chouya
    asma chouya Day ago

    you can always be a better speaker only stop when u tell yourself you are good enough

  • manas madhukar
    manas madhukar 4 days ago

    Be desparate to speakup before someone even calls your name suddenly. When you do that you will be full of ideas and you will be left with any one of them even if you go blank. But remember never raise hand when you're desparate to give your idea, otherwise you will be more surprised although you might later be disappointed that you did not raise hand.

  • Coffeman
    Coffeman 5 days ago +3

    Greeting from Tanzania man 🇹🇿🇹🇿🇹🇿 I have the same issue, I drink 3 beers before any public speech 😭

  • akhila jeyaganesh
    akhila jeyaganesh 7 days ago

    What type of app..pls give suggestions

  • G Lattu
    G Lattu 7 days ago

    I have fear of public speaking too, my heart races so fast when I m asked to present something in front of class ,specially in english

  • Jishy seb
    Jishy seb 8 days ago

    Whatx the name of the app which he is speaking about

    BROTHER TN 8 days ago

    Danish is so handsome! If I looked like him, I wouldn’t be nervous to present. I have to present on Tuesday for my last college class, I hate public speaking 😢😢😢

  • Soumyajit Banerjee
    Soumyajit Banerjee 9 days ago

    Can anyone intimate the amount of time needed to overcome this fear...

  • santosh kadambari
    santosh kadambari 9 days ago

    Even I am good with interaction to others but These day I am too afraid how to overcome

  • Maria
    Maria 10 days ago +1

    I have to speak at a national teacher's conference in front of over 100 staff members so this really helped. I used to be a good public speaker as a kid, but I haven't done it in a while so I'm nervous

  • Ernest maleka
    Ernest maleka 11 days ago

    Your a best brother I ever needed thank u ...

  • sting marky
    sting marky 13 days ago

    I need to apply it on my daily life, need to learn how to communicate , not to fear , also how to stop shaking whenever I'd speak, thank you sir

  • sengo basar
    sengo basar 13 days ago +5

    i have confidence and speak wrong english confidently in public...😅😅😅

  • Anwar Ali
    Anwar Ali 13 days ago

    Iam a terrible public speaker

  • tech programmer
    tech programmer 14 days ago +1

    Looks Like sundar pichai

  • Anupa De Silva
    Anupa De Silva 15 days ago +3

    Where we all look 'problems for our solutions'😅
    Haven't anyone heard it?

  • vjstylo123
    vjstylo123 16 days ago +3

    Bro you are great ! thanks for sharing ur journey

  • Sophiya Glare
    Sophiya Glare 18 days ago

    You are speaking just like Sundar pichai speaks

  • BoW Fulgore
    BoW Fulgore 20 days ago

    So instead of helping people he tried to sell his product. Love it.....

    • Healers 4 Life
      Healers 4 Life 13 days ago

      BoW Fulgore when he is telling the story he is giving an example of the worst things that could happen (which are not that bad)

    • BoW Fulgore
      BoW Fulgore 13 days ago

      Healers 4 Life can you bullet point the helpful parts please as I can’t concentrate/see past the App adverts

    • Healers 4 Life
      Healers 4 Life 18 days ago

      BoW Fulgore he is helping people if you were paying attention at all.

  • Albon Queely
    Albon Queely 21 day ago

    Amen guys x

  • Adhil thaj
    Adhil thaj 22 days ago


  • Constance Chibesa
    Constance Chibesa 25 days ago

    Wow! Amazing, I will face my fear until I found the solution

  • Harmanjeet kaur Bains
    Harmanjeet kaur Bains 26 days ago +1

    Thank you 😊😊😊😊😊😊👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

  • Fathi Zuhra
    Fathi Zuhra 27 days ago

    Nice video

  • Sepjo Thelivinglegend
    Sepjo Thelivinglegend 27 days ago

    Hi, what is the Name of the App you are using to record yourself?

  • martzy
    martzy 27 days ago

    Why isn't this on my recommendation?

  • Muthu Brutus
    Muthu Brutus 28 days ago

    Thankyou bruh!This gives some booster to me but u have low knowledge in english .suggest me something to develop that

  • Itnotabaddick -_-
    Itnotabaddick -_- 28 days ago

    My rational thinking completely collases even raising my hand in class. My heart starts racing, I start hyperventilating and I think about all the things I'm doing wrong.

  • Krishna kumar Ganji
    Krishna kumar Ganji 28 days ago +1


  • Rajat sharma
    Rajat sharma Month ago

    V Nice sir

  • Tayoo Jean Charles
    Tayoo Jean Charles Month ago

    Hello Danish!! I'm Tayoo I come from Haiti I've been learning English since last year and now I can do my best in English so i'ts a good solution for all problems "speak for a public "thanks for sharing your story!!


    name of app which give feedback

  • Dilkhush Kumar
    Dilkhush Kumar Month ago

    Oh my god same to same sunder pichai 👍👍👌👌👌😋😋Google ceo....

  • Erin Sperberg
    Erin Sperberg Month ago

    This video was so misleading. I watched it because I'm taking a public speaking class right now. His speech seemed dishonest because it was basically an AD for his app, so he could get rich. He's not a professional speaker. He didn't walk the floor, he did have any visual aids to support his sub-points. His introduction seemed made up and his conclusion was an demonstration of his app. Make no mistake this was not a professional speaker it was an advertisement.

  • Bakir lbn khader
    Bakir lbn khader Month ago

    Wonderful English

  • Sam Galea
    Sam Galea Month ago +1

    I have a University presentation in a few hours 😭

    • Mohamed Elshenity
      Mohamed Elshenity Month ago

      Hope you have done well
      I'm having one tomorrow too.
      (Remember to ask me tomorrow how it feels after presenting your work)

  • Nidhi Sarna
    Nidhi Sarna Month ago

    Good job 👍🏻👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

  • baby daiz
    baby daiz Month ago +2

    I had tis worst type of stage fright but i prayed to Jesus fr strength n confidence, and lo n behold, im good to go😊

  • baby daiz
    baby daiz Month ago

    I had tis worst type of stage fright but i prayed to Jesus fr strength n confidence, and lo n behold, im good to go😊

  • Hafsa Hafsa
    Hafsa Hafsa Month ago +1

    Face the fear yes i do

  • rudra r
    rudra r Month ago

    Sir i want to be fluent in english. How can i improve my language? Pls tell me some solutns

  • KalsShoeReview
    KalsShoeReview Month ago

    your voice is so cool

  • Cool Beans
    Cool Beans Month ago +1

    Ill get up on the stage but my mind won't😂😂😂

  • Sajida Saeed
    Sajida Saeed Month ago


  • Diogène Izomfasha
    Diogène Izomfasha Month ago

    I am Burundian and I want to follow my master's.May I achieve this goal?

  • Bandana Acharjee
    Bandana Acharjee 2 months ago +2

    Here in India students only get coaching to crack entrance exams

  • Anearbyfriend
    Anearbyfriend 2 months ago

    Downloaded orai app amazing... Communication is improving

  • John Willson
    John Willson 2 months ago +5

    All I gathered from this was that he wanted to plug his app. Thanks for wasting my time :)

  • Vandu Sharma
    Vandu Sharma 2 months ago


  • Nathan SHAY
    Nathan SHAY 2 months ago

    Subscribe to my channel (Nathan SHAY)

  • عمر الشرابي
    عمر الشرابي 2 months ago

    It is my problem today in the college 😢

  • Purnima S
    Purnima S 2 months ago

    I have the courage for public speaking but I hesitate 😒😪

  • Yasmine Et Taleby
    Yasmine Et Taleby 2 months ago

    so inspring

  • My home My heaven
    My home My heaven 2 months ago

    Superb speech! 👍👏

  • Ibinu Nazeer
    Ibinu Nazeer 2 months ago

    Realli inspiring

  • Issa tae Bij
    Issa tae Bij 2 months ago

    I’m here after losing public speaking in the worst way possible in my life.

  • Robson Oliveira
    Robson Oliveira 2 months ago

    Great ted

  • Šhąhbăj Àłąm
    Šhąhbăj Àłąm 2 months ago

    Thanks a lot

  • annie rose
    annie rose 2 months ago +1

    i love the way you deliver your messages sir. i can feel the emotion. i learned a lot from you.

    TECH DUDE 2 months ago

    Great body language Keep up
    Subscribe @TECH DUDE

  • Srinidhi ಶ್ರೀ
    Srinidhi ಶ್ರೀ 2 months ago

    💠⚜️ಸೂಪರ್ ತುಂಬಾ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿದೆ ವೀಡಿಯೊ⚜️💠

  • Queen Anna
    Queen Anna 2 months ago

    well I've been through the same teacher pointed to me to respond and I was stuck I could say nothing. l looked around everyone was staring at me then I herad their giggles. It was so embarrassing!!!

  • sunitha ammengara
    sunitha ammengara 2 months ago


  • S Ali
    S Ali 2 months ago

    Aww fabulous! Well done mate!

  • Manmeet Kaur
    Manmeet Kaur 2 months ago +1

    Tommorow is my presentation in college...the idea of it always freak me out....this video inspired me as well as gave me a solution for my prob....amazing

  • rezwana kabir
    rezwana kabir 2 months ago

    If u have an prblm....looks for solution...

  • Sensei Plazo
    Sensei Plazo 2 months ago +1

    Awesome speech

  • Evangel Anyanwu
    Evangel Anyanwu 2 months ago

    Look 👀 for solution if you have any problems. If nothing exists then create a solution. Good one dear 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Dx Babu
    Dx Babu 2 months ago

    Good English, easy to understand for BD, Indian, Pakistani People's

  • lely fab
    lely fab 2 months ago

    Bible - "the source of all wisdom" not the google

  • Sumedh Khandagale
    Sumedh Khandagale 2 months ago


  • Christa P V
    Christa P V 2 months ago

    I am going to check it out...

  • Jagan Rajappa
    Jagan Rajappa 2 months ago

    I downloaded orai

  • Ishah
    Ishah 3 months ago

    I think i dont hv a fear of public speaking .. i hv a fear of speaking in english since i m not a native speaker.. i

  • Spell Anarmy
    Spell Anarmy 3 months ago +2

    I really want to overcome my fear in public speaking. But I'm not good enough in English and very shy😔

    • Olimpiya Das
      Olimpiya Das 3 months ago

      Start watching english movies or tv series with subtitles....eventually u will develop active vocab fr speaking. Then u try speaking wid ur friends... Eventually u will do better. Doesnt matter even if u start with broken english.... But do start.

  • Akshay Jain
    Akshay Jain 3 months ago

    Give a footballer a bat and tell him to play cricket, give an actor a mic and tell him to sing, give a child a pen and tell him to write poetry.
    Nothing's really a gift, you gotta work for it inorder to get the jist of it.
    Public speaking is usually a problem among the crowd because people are not exposed to it properly.

  • steve654577
    steve654577 3 months ago +25

    I use to be really good at public speaking when I was in school but now I'm 20 and get the worst anxiety from public speaking even just introducing myself! It's been getting worse and worse and idk what to do I'd rather jump off a cliff

    • sammbautista86
      sammbautista86 2 months ago +1

      Saaaamee! Idk what happened to me! But I’m way older than 20

  • pateliya Meet
    pateliya Meet 3 months ago +2

    I think .The RU-clip is big source to learn how to speak English front of the people okay.

  • mohammad rasel
    mohammad rasel 3 months ago

    Winner of a video, been searching for "iq test intelligence" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Ever heard of - Norayla Jonrayson Cure - (search on google ) ? Ive heard some great things about it and my work buddy got excellent results with it.

  • Tasneem Nasrin
    Tasneem Nasrin 3 months ago +1

    I have a great fear of public speaking and I can't overcome it....

  • AW AV
    AW AV 3 months ago +1

    Very dangerous n myopic..."google is the source of all wisdom"??!!
    More like an IT talk.
    Without these AI n devices, what then?..

    TECH TALKER 3 months ago +1

    Dot run out from your fears chalange your fears

  • G At
    G At 3 months ago +2

    I was a teacher. I loved talking in front of people. I loved acting and performing. I used to sing. I loved debating. But after 2 years of teaching in front of kids, I suddenly became so conscious and insecure. I was surrounded with passionate and talented teachers. I don't know if it was because of constant observations that I lost my confidence. I don't know if it's psychological or something's wrong with my voice. I think I developed social anxiety. I don't know what's happening and I feel as if I'm so close to getting depression because it affects me everyday. Please help me.

    • G At
      G At 3 months ago +1

      I know :( The same thing with me. I was so confident before but idk what happened. :(

    • G At
      G At 3 months ago +1

      Thank you for sharing your story. I will try your advice.

    • Julia Myburg
      Julia Myburg 3 months ago +1

      I always wanted to show off I was good at reading in front of ppl

      Now I'm afraid to read in class I shake all over and wish I was dead

    • Mikado
      Mikado 3 months ago +2

      I used to be a confident person when I was way young. I used to dance with a group in public, I used to give short speeches, and all that. Growing up things changed and I lost my social ability and developed this fear of unknown. Recently I decided that I wanted my ability back and I started studying myself. I think it got to do with psychology like listening to people opinion and reacting to rejection. The main thing is to believe in oneself and start rewriting the good things in your subconscious mind. It's helping so far.

  • Tandin Zam
    Tandin Zam 3 months ago +2

    Very eloquent speaker 👍👍👍

  • Junior Bruno
    Junior Bruno 3 months ago


  • Bruno Lima
    Bruno Lima 3 months ago

    Is Very good

  • Shweta Sonam
    Shweta Sonam 3 months ago

    Thanku sir...🙏

  • Mr.Padda
    Mr.Padda 3 months ago

    It really gave me enough charge to get on, what I need to do. Thanks 😊

  • Malong Hansepi
    Malong Hansepi 3 months ago

    I am facing the same problem

  • danish farhaad
    danish farhaad 3 months ago

    Mine name too ❤ 😘

  • K Lakshmi Purnima
    K Lakshmi Purnima 3 months ago

    What's the app...?

  • Gauhar Ayub Khan
    Gauhar Ayub Khan 3 months ago

    Great talk .. such inspiring

  • sami youssif lover
    sami youssif lover 3 months ago +5

    You help me so much. I will not be afraid any more. Thanks very much. I am crying when I remember my fear.

  • Namz Namate
    Namz Namate 3 months ago +9

    Thank you. This gives me strength 💪 to overcome my public speaking fear.

  • Mohamed Attar
    Mohamed Attar 3 months ago

    Still not the depends on if you are introvert or extrovert person in the mainstay idea.

  • Hemanth H
    Hemanth H 3 months ago

    Can I know the app by which the speach is recorded and getting the result.

  • Lavender K
    Lavender K 3 months ago

    A have a teaching demo tomorrow and I'm freaking out 😂😂

  • PVanessa
    PVanessa 3 months ago

    Problems to our solutions 😂 that’s something that would happen to me

  • Naima Hassan
    Naima Hassan 3 months ago

    I never thought I will ever gather the courage to speak in public , after this ................. thanks anyway

  • Prabin
    Prabin 4 months ago