3 tips to avoid the public speaking freak-out

People often ask, “why do I get so nervous when I get up in front of a group?”

Well, if you think about it, it makes total sense.

You’re standing in front of a crowd of people, and they’re all staring at you, waiting for you to speak.

You want to put your best self forward.

So what can you do?

  1. The first thing is: normalize it. Expect to be nervous. It’s not just YOU, it’s part of the process. Most people feel a surge of adrenaline when addressing groups.
  2. Know your material backwards and forwards — rehearse it out loud until you’ve got it down. Know your points, but don’t memorize it word for word.
  3. Find opportunities to get in front of people to practice as much as you can. Having live people in the room to speak to will model the situation you’ll be in. The more you do it, the less anxious you’ll be.

Remember, you’ll always have nerves or feel adrenaline, so check the box and don’t freak yourself out. It’s totally normal.

William Smartt

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