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April 11, 2008

Hot tips for overcoming the fear of speaking in public.

Filed under: Business Utilities,Hot tips — nspresources @ 2:47 pm
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Piggy’s Hot Tips for Overcoming Fear of Speaking in Public

Nerves are a good thing and everybody has them. It is essential to be nervous if you are to perform at your best. Learn to welcome the feelings of nervousness that you get before making a speech. But you also need to learn to control them.

Ways of controlling nerves:

• Prepare your material and where possible familiarize yourself with the environment in which you are working to prevent anything from going wrong. If you are doing a short slot with a set time limit, practice at home with a timer so that you know you won’t have to rush to fit it all in. (or worse still run out of time!)

•If you are speaking on stage at a seminar for example then the flowing exercises can help calm the nerves whilst you are waiting to go on. It is not recommended that you try these in the middle of a networking meeting!

Take exercise before going on stage. Even just a 5-minute walk can help.

Deep breathing. Stand up straight. Breathe in deeply to a count of 4. Hold it to a count of 3. Release to a count of 4. Repeat up to 3 times.

Head rolls. Drop your chin to your chest. Roll it gently from side to side.

Isometric exercise. Push against an immovable object or against yourself.

Tense each muscle then relax.

• Ask yourself, what is the worst that could happen? Learn to live with that, then move on.

• Remember that you know more about your subject than your audience — that’s why you are speaking to them.

• Focus carefully on the previous speaker. That way you aren’t thinking about how nervous you are!

• If you are nervous, admit it – you will feel less so.

• If the venue permits, move about as you are speaking. Go into the audience.

• Act confidently and you will become confident. You will always appear to be stronger and more confident than you feel yourself.

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