The best way to conquer stage fright is to know what you’re talking about. -Michael H. Mescon
Do you shake and shiver like Scooby Doo and Shaggy when you have to give a speech or speak in public? In fact, many people have stage fright when they have to give a presentation, but it doesn’t have to define them. There are practical and simple strategies that help alleviate stage fright. The next time you have been requested to speak, try these simple tips:
- KNOW what you are talking about. The easiest way to KNOW what you are talking about is to SPEAK on topics that M-O-V-E you. Speak about your expertise.
- PRACTICE your presentation several times (I recommend 7). When you are well prepared it shows and, when you are winging it, it shows!
- LISTEN to your audience ahead of time, if possible. How do you do this? Mingle and connect with audience members prior to taking the stage. This lends a friendly warmth to the environment and can help alleviate the stress of speaking to an unknown audience.
- PAUSE and BREATH when you first take the stage. It’s okay to allow a few seconds of silence to prepare yourself. Deep breathing and timely pauses can be a speaker’s best secrets that produce an inner calm.
The next time you are taking the stage, give yourself the Scooby and Shaggy visual resolve to not be shaking in your shoes–or at least don’t let it show!