Archive for February, 2011

How to calm your nerves before a speech…

1. A strong suggestion is to have thorough knowledge of the subject matter you will be speaking on. Be well-informed from personal experiences if possible and study well no matter what the topic is. Knowing your subject gives you confidence and plenty to say.

2. Expect to experience the butterflies in your stomach feeling each time you speak before an audience, but don’t let that stop you from the task. Even the most successful speakers feel this, even after years of public speaking. It something that is only normal and be prepared to start feeling your nerves kick in.

3. Just before standing in front of the audience, take a couple of deep breaths, begin with something funny, just a quick joke, to get a laugh. This will help relieve you greatly, and help guide you through the end. Also, don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself. If you had a slip of the tongue, no worries, It happens to everyone. It’s good be able to laugh at it and then continue on confidently.

4. It’s proper to look people in the eye when speaking. If you don’t feel comfortable doing that, then try looking above their heads. They may not even notice but make sure to pan across the room frequently.

  • Strong knowledge of your topic
  • Expect to feel the nerves in your stomach
  • Funny relatable joke
  • Make eye contact


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