Monday, March 09, 2009

Public Speaking: Stage Fright Tips

Strategies when the program begins:

 If legs are trembling, lean on lectern /table or shift legs or move.
 Try not to hold the microphone by hand in the first minute.
 Don't hold notes. The audience can see them shake. Use three-by-five cards instead.
 Take quick drinks of tepid water.
 Use eye contact. It will make you feel less isolated.
 Look at the friendliest faces in the audience.
 Joke about your nervousness. "What's the right wine to go with fingernails?"

Remember nervousness doesn't show one-tenth as much as it feels. Before each presentation make a short list of the items you think will make you feel better. Don't be afraid to experiment with different combinations. You never know which ones will work best until you try. Rewrite them on a separate sheet and keep the sheet with you at all times so you can refer to it quickly when the need arises.

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