Palms are sweaty. Knees weak arms are heavy.
There’s vomit on his sweater already. Mom’s spaghetti.
Have you ever felt this way before a big presentation? I have. I almost exclusively feel this way before I need to speak in front of an audience; but through years of practice, I’ve learned to cope with glossophobia: the fear of public rapping speaking.
There are very few people completely comfortable and confident with public speaking. In fact, most people would rate it as their worst fear. Inevitably, the time will come when you will be asked to speak in front of a crowd, and you’ll be faced with the dilemma to either run from this fear or face it head on. These simple tricks will help lessen your anxiety and take the stress out of presenting.
Practice makes perfect
Practicing your lines, hand gestures and walking patterns is perhaps the most critical thing you can do to prepare for giving a speech. Practicing in front of a mirror is a great way to discourage looking at your notes, and it allows you to get comfortable making a connection with the person in front of you.
Sometimes technology fails you, or you are forced to change your speech last minute; be comfortable enough with the subject matter that you can roll with the punches and avoid feeling caught off guard.
Be Aware of Your Body Language
Your entire message can be skewed if your body language is setting the wrong tone. It’s important to remember to smile, make eye contact, breath, and stand up straight. If possible, walk around; movement is great way to capture your audience’s attention mid-speech and stress important points.
Embrace Your Audience
Make your audience more than just a spectator; make them a viable part of your speech. Even something as simple as making eye contact helps to bridge the space between you and your audience.
Rap it up
Having a strong conclusion will ensure your audience leaves with a lasting impression of you, your presentation and the brand you are representing.
BONUS TIP: Believe in yourself
Remember that there is a reason that you have been asked to speak. You put a lot of effort into your presentation and people have come to hear what you have to say, so don’t forget to own it with pride and recognize the huge accomplishment you have made.
While not everyone is born to give Ted Talks, you can overcome the anxiety that comes with public speaking. Using these simple tips, your next presentation will feel like a walk in the park and leave your audience speechless.
Now, will the real Slim Shady please stand up?