Public Speaking Calming Your Anxiety
The first thing you must do is acknowledge that this fear is perfectly normal and you are not alone. • According to the Book of Lists public speaking is the greatest of all fears.
Signs of Anxiety • Sweaty palms • Nausea • Rapid heart beat • Shortness of breath • Chest pains • Tingling or numbness
Relaxation Techniques • Practice deep breathing • Before a speech, tape record or video tape your practices • Visualization • Positive Self Talk • Warm-up Routines
Techniques for Nervousness • Physical: • Walk around; stand; don’t sit with legs crossed • Let your arms dangle at your sides • Shake your fingers • Wriggle your jaw back & forth gently to help loosen up facial muscles • Scrunch your toes • Yawn • Deep breathing
Mental: • REHEARSE! The more your practice, the less nervous you will be. • Ignore it. Do not call attention to your nervousness by wiping your hands or forehead. • Use visualization • Speak slowly • Be enthusiastic • Focus on your message, not your nervousness
Top Ten Tips • Get ready: Prior Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance • Think on the bright side • Be aware of your speaking environment • Know your listeners • Warm-up • Realize people want you to succeed
Don’t apologize for being nervous • Concentrate on your message • Control jitters constructively • Move as you talk • Use gestures • Gain Experience