Written By Kirsten Moodie
How Each Personality Type Feels About Public Speaking
Public speaking is something that makes most people feel nervous, but some are actually terrified of it. Here is how each personality type feels about public speaking, as well as how good they likely are at it.
INFJs often do not enjoy public speaking, especially if it is to a room full of strangers. They might find that they are comfortable speaking to classmates, or people that they know pretty well. Their perfectionist nature can sometimes cause them to overthink every action that they make. INFJs might find themselves worried about how they are being perceived by the people they are delivering their speech to. They will do much better if they are speaking about something they are passionate about, they will find themselves more capable of letting go of their fears. INFJs simply prefer to be around people they know and trust- delivering a speech in this way might cause them to feel vulnerable in front of people they don’t know.
ENFJs are rarely shy people, and they enjoy being around others in a social setting. They might find themselves disliking public speaking, simply because they are perfectionists. The fear of messing up or delivering their speech incorrectly, might make the ENFJ very nervous. They want to do their best, and speaking in front of people can put them in a rather high stress spot. Their desire to please everyone in the audience, can cause the ENFJ to become upset if they notice someone who does not seem to be enjoying themselves. Trying to pay attention to the needs of everyone, can cause them to become rather frustrated. If the ENFJ learns to become more comfortable with the idea that not everyone can be pleased, then they are capable of becoming amazing public speakers. Even if they don’t enjoy it, they have a natural talent for this.
INFPs have a natural ability for explaining things so that most people can understand them. They can take information and break it down in a simple way, which makes them great presenters. INFPs might find that they hate public speaking though, and become anxious when they are put on the spot this way. If they are asked to speak to a room full of people in a more relaxed setting, they might actually enjoy themselves. Speaking to people they know, is not likely to make the INFP nervous. If they continue to practice their public speaking skill, they are likely to get better at it. INFPs will do best at public speaking if they fully know the topic at hand, and even better if they are passionate about it.
ENFPs might get a little nervous when they have to speak in front of a crowd, but even the best public speakers become nervous sometimes. ENFPs are usually excellent at public speaking, and don’t mind being the center of attention in this way. They are especially skilled at speaking if they are explaining a topic that they know very well or are passionate about. If the ENFP doesn’t understand the topic fully, they can often charm others into believing that they know what they are talking about. Not knowing the topic can often make them a little nervous, but it usually won’t be noticeable to others. Some ENFPs might even find that they enjoy public speaking after they become more comfortable with it.
INTJs might feel nervous about speaking in front of a large crowd, but they can often overcome this. If the INTJ never attempts to work through this anxiety, then they will become stuck in their fear. INTJs enjoy growing though, and will do best if they can push through this discomfort. INTJs can become great public speakers, since they are good at pretty much anything they work hard at. INTJs do best if they can research the topic for a while, and understand it fully before presenting. They understand that speeches do best if they are delivered in an interesting and passionate tone. INTJs love knowledge, which makes them good at sharing this knowledge with others.
ENTJs are natural public speakers, and usually don’t become too nervous about it. They enjoy being able to deliver information to a crowd, especially if it is something they understand fully. ENTJs can even be good at charming their audience into believing that they know more than they actually do. They are simply good at taking things as they come, which makes them great at relaxing and so that they can deliver their speech. Some ENTJs truly enjoy public speaking, and thrive in an environment where they have a platform to speak and inform from.
INTPs do not typically enjoy public speaking, especially when they are younger. They might find themselves completely nervous and incapable of expressing their thoughts. INTPs are very internal people, which means it takes time for them to find a way to put their thoughts into words. They are very intelligent people, but don’t always know how to verbally explain their knowledge to others. It takes them some time to process what they are thinking, so that the outside world can understand them. INTPs can develop their public speaking skill as they get older, and might find that they are good at it. Their ability to understand information can make them excellent at teaching others, if they become more relaxed with themselves. The key is for them to stop thinking about the crowd, and just focus on the information at hand.
ENTPs are usually excellent public speakers, it is almost a natural talent of theirs. They enjoy the thrill of being put on the spot, and love being challenged in this way. They are often amazing at delivering their information to others in a way that is interesting and informative. Many people deliver speaking in a robotic way, but ENTPs are great at making their speech extremely entertaining. People often love listening to the ENTP speak, and will find themselves engrossed in the information. ENTPs are rarely avoidant of things that scare them, and will charge head first into the experience.
ISTJs are often very good at public speaking, especially if they have time to practice and understand the information. They might consider it to be similar to a performance, and will be able to prepare themselves for the situation. ISTJs are good at most things that they do, especially if they have time to research and understand the information at hand. ISTJs hate small-talk, and in a lot of ways public speaking is the complete opposite of this. They enjoy being able to relay information to others, and will enjoy the opportunity to succeed at something that most people find difficult. ISTJs are often reserved and introverted people in a social setting, but are completely different when they are on a stage. They can often perform very well, and might even enjoy the chance to showcase these skills.
ESTJs are often natural public speakers, especially when they are older. They have an ability to speak in front of a crowd without showing any signs of nervousness. They know how to entertain other people, and will make sure to keep the speech interesting. ESTJs are even better when they don’t memorize their speech word for word- and just go with the flow of the information. They will rarely be nervous in this sort of situation and might even enjoy the chance to be center of attention. ESTJs strive to be the best at everything they do, and public speaking is just another chance to impress people.
ISFJs can sometimes become nervous if they are forced to be the center of attention. They are good at most things if they have time to prepare, but they still might dislike public speaking. Being forced to perform in front of others, can put a lot of pressure on the ISFJ to do well. They are always concerned about other people, and how they are perceived by them. This can cause the ISFJ to dislike public speaking, and feel like it is simply too much on their shoulders. Over time, the ISFJ can learn to become much better at this, since they do have a naturally calm demeanor which most people enjoy listening to.
ESFJs can sometimes be nervous about public speaking, especially when they are younger. They become anxious when they are in an awkward or uptight environment, and actually dislike being the center of attention. ESFJs usually excel if they are in a situation where they have to speak with others, in front of a camera or computer screen. This is what often makes ESFJs skilled interviewers, since the focus is not primarily on them. Having another person speaking, removes the anxiety and pressure of everything being up to the ESFJ. When they can bounce their ideas and information off of another person, the ESFJ will become much more at ease than if they are speaking alone in front of a crowd.
ISTPs are often comfortable with public speaking, and don’t mind relaying information in front of others. They are usually rather relaxed in their own skin, causing them to become less anxious than most other people. They might not enjoy speaking in front of others, but will be more than capable of doing it. ISTPs are not always perceived accurately by others, since they don’t tend to adhere to social norms. They will however, be skilled at getting their information across to others in a way that helps them understand it.
ESTPs might not enjoy public speaking, but they are usually very skilled at it. They will often find themselves being able to appear much less nervous than they actually are. They are good at speaking to a crowd of people, and have a natural charisma which goes a long way. ESTPs are best if they know the information very well, and can speak about it openly. This makes them great at delivering information without seeming nervous or uneasy to others. ESTPs are naturally good at most things, and are hardworking people who strive to impress others.
ISFPs can sometimes enjoy public speaking, since it is a good way to come out of their shell. They do not like forcing people to pay attention to them, but this gives them a chance to be center stage. ISFPs can do a great job at public speaking if they understand the information fully. Some ISFPs can become anxious though, especially if they dislike being put on the spot. Generally they do best if they know what they sharing with the crowd, and look at it as a chance to perform.
ESFPS are often skilled public speakers, especially since they make it fun and interesting for the crowd. While some people deliver a robotic and boring speech, ESFPs will make it much more entertaining. They are comfortable being center stage, and will enjoy the thrill of the situation. They rarely become nervous speaking in front of others, especially if they understand the information fully. ESFPs are even great at pretending to know what they are talking about, even if they don’t.