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If public speaking ranks right up there on your list of fears with snakes and heights, take a deep breath and watch these videos.
You Will Need
- A video camera
- Time to rehearse
- A prescription for a beta blocker
Tape your rehearsal
Tape yourself rehearsing your speech. Our biggest fear is looking foolish, and this gives you the opportunity to correct anything you don’t like. Practice until you are satisfied with your delivery.
Stand up a few moments before you take the stage. When you go from sitting to standing, your blood pressure drops, leaving your brain with less oxygen for about two minutes.
Starting with 100, count backward by seven as you wait to be introduced. This engages the left side of your brain, which turns off the panic going on in the right side.
Smile. Even if it’s fake, the physical act of smiling actually tricks the brain into thinking you’re happy, so you’ll feel calmer.
Be prepared for questions you can’t answer. You can promise to look into the matter, refer the person to someone else, or throw the question out to the audience.