If you’re just letting your thoughts, and heart rate, run wild before a public speech or presentation, you’re not tapping into your inner rock star.
So if you wanna rock out next time make a speech, grab your hairbrush and hold it up it your mouth like a mic (yes, seriously) because it’s time for dress rehearsal!
Or remember the last time you were confident. Maybe you were just confident the sun was going to come up or that the mortgage would be due. Or maybe it was a job interview you nailed. It doesn’t have to be a speech.
Recall what you felt like at that it time. How did your stomach feel? How did you walk? How did you talk? Why did you do so well?
Maybe it was actually the jitter and the excitement! There should always be some kind of excitement before speaking. Do not fear the butterflies in your stomach. You need them. Otherwise, you will sound like a talking Valium.
Practice conjuring up these feelings of confidence and excitement. When the real deal comes you will be better at getting in the zone.
Swing music is a great choice. Whatever makes you feel confident. Whether it’s gangsta rap or Celine Dion, turn it on. But remember, you want to be peppy not schlepy.
So if you’re getting overwrought take a few minutes to practice this breathing exercise:
• Breathe in and count for four, hold your breath for sixteen, then exhale for eight.
• Do this ten times.
• You need to track this on paper as it will be hard to remember how many reps you’ve completed.
• You may feel light-headed at first.
• Just relax and keep going. Just remember 4, 16, 8 x 10. (Don’t practice this one while driving.)
Don’t just practice your lines. Rehearse them. This means make the situation as real as possible.
Do everything you can do to make the situation as much like it will be when speech day comes.If you are going to be using slides, rehearse with them. Put on the clothes you will be wearing that day.
Lying on your couch in sweatpants while you memorize your lines is not going to get you where you want to be. Remember when your fourth grade piano teacher told you she told you practice makes perfect? Well, she was almost right.
Rehearsal makes it perfect.
How to Use the ‘Fear Setting’ to Become Fearless
Best SPEAKING Tip: How to Start a Speech, Talk, Presentation with The Perfect Opening?
Sales Tip: How to Overcome Your Hatred And Fear Of Selling
SPEAKING TIPS – How To Avoid Receiving The Worst Introduction Ever