Should You Use Beta-Blockers to Calm Your Nerves?

Learn if you should use beta-blockers to calm your nerves before giving a speech from media coach TJ Walker in this Howcast public speaking video.


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How do you use beta blockers or other drugs to calm your nerves before a big speech? Here's the answer you're not going to want to hear. You don't. It's a horrible idea. Why in the world would making you not worry anymore about your speech decrease the chances of you giving an awful speech? If you're nervous about your speech, it's typically because you haven't rehearsed on video and you're not convinced you're going to give a great speech. If I take some relaxant, some drug, and all of a sudden I'm completely relaxed and confidant, but I've got grape jelly all over my face and my collar is like this, I'm thinking, "I'm relaxed. They're liking me. I look cool." It's not going to change the fact that I've got grape jelly all over my face and my collar's sticking up in a funny way. They're still going to notice it. I beg you, I urge you, don't take the easy coward's way out because it's not really a way out. You feeling good about your speech is the wrong way approach. Something that will actually make you feel good about your speech is giving a good, interesting speech and realizing your audience perceives you as interesting and useful and helpful. If you're simply relaxed about giving a boring speech, what good is that? You will have still bombed.


  • TJ Walker

    TJ Walker is the CEO and founder of Media Training Worldwide. With more than 25 years of experience, Walker has been the personal presentation/media coach to presidents, prime ministers, CEOs, US senators, Super Bowl winners, and Nobel Peace Prize winners. Host of the #1 speaking-related Internet TV show seen on YouTube and syndicated throughout the Internet, Walker is also seen frequently on and A pioneer in adapting technology, TJ Walker has developed the first interactive online presentation and media training courses, allowing students to rehearse, record, and play back their video from the privacy of their home or office. TJ Walker has been called the leading speaking expert/media trainer in the world by Bloomberg TV, Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" and Fox News.