Humans are social animals, so our thinking is wired to maintain our reputation. This makes us feel conscious, and  public speaking can be threatening. This fear of judgment activates our fight or flight response. 


What are the signs?

  • Racing pulse and rapid breathing
  • Dry mouth and tight throat
  • Trembling hands, knees, lips and voice
  • Sweaty and cold hands
  • Nausea and an uneasy feeling in your stomach


Although this anxious feeling is hard to bring in control, there are somethings you can do or know about to help yourself,

It’s all in your head!

Don’t focus on yourself.

Put yourself in the shoes of your audience and think of what you would want out of the presentation? This will help you decide on the right wavelength while delivering a public speech. 


Find ways to relax

If you fail to control the way you think, sit back, and try methods that will help you manage your emotions. Deep breathing or concentrating on your breath works well. Just closing your eyes or having a glass of water helps too.


Practice, practice, practice

Not all impromptu speeches work well. Something like public speaking needs practice, there no negotiating there. Practice may not make you perfect. But it will make you more confident in front of a large audience.


Redirect your focus

Watching the number of people and being in the spotlight can be stressful! One idea is to pick a far-off, unimportant focal point while presenting. Another is to keep scanning the crowd.


What to do when something goes wrong?

Thanks to Murphy’s Law, something just might go wrong. Prepare for the unexpected. A ready joke, a question to the audience on a glass of water to take your time over will tide you over.


All the best for your next presentation!


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