Public Speaking is Scary

 

We get it- speaking in front of a crowd is stressful. Whether you’re delivering a presentation to your boss, leading a meeting, or even giving a speech at your best friend’s wedding, it’s normal to get a bit of stage fright. Here are some tips to get the butterflies in your stomach to fly in formation: 

  1. The week before, highlight the most important words in your presentation and add some deliberate gestures. You can make your point stronger and remember what to say through muscle memory! For example: If you want to highlight that your organization is “Spreading to locations around the globe,” spread your arms out wide to symbolize your reach.

  2. The day before, visualize yourself giving the presentation- perfectly. Our mind is trained to repeat the things we tell ourselves, but doesn’t know how to tell “yes” from “no”. So if you say, “Don’t forget your words.” Guess what your brain hears? Forget ‘em. Instead, keep it positive. Say things like: “Breathe, Smile, Begin.” To get your head in the right place and be ready to rock the stage.

  3. The moment before, your stress will probably be manifesting itself as nervous energy in your body. To release some of the tension, try this exercise: Standing tall, tense up your whole body. Curl your toes, ball your fists, and shrug your shoulders up to your ears. Take a deep breath in. Then, when your exhale, release all of that tension as well. Ah…. Doesn’t that feel better? 

It’s normal to be nervous before giving a speech. With these tips, you can move past the nerves and fall in love with your presentation!