When I was told to speak at a conference many years ago, I felt like I was going to die. I'm an introvert so public speaking is not what I like to do. I learned that preparation had a lot to do with how well I will do. As the time came near I felt like my hands were sweaty and my heart rate was racing. I knew that this conference was really important and that I had to speak in front of a lot of diverse people.
Here are five ways to reduce anxiety during public speaking.
Practice. Train before you speak. One great tool is to do this in front of a mirror. Have flashcards prepared for what you will speak.
Tone. Vary through your training. From how well your tone is to work through the mistakes.
Visualize. See how you are looking and sounding in front of a mirror. Check to see what level your confidence is.
Simulate. Before you speak and before the people arrive, walk the room. Get a feel for how the room is and get familiar with the technology that will be used.
Associate. Be laser-focused and the best way to do this is by striking a power pose before you speak. Take a few deep breaths and maybe do a few stretches.
Do you want to know the ice breaker I used to overcome anxiety before my presentation? I asked everyone if they wanted to take a selfie with me and it was the hit of the show.