Public Speaking Skills For Dummies
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Everyone suffers with nerves at some point in their lives – especially when taking the stage to deliver a speech. Try to conquer your jitters by reading through these useful tips to ensure you keep your stage fright at bay

  1. Avoid alcohol and pills – they don’t work. If they wear off before you speak, you’ll be even more nervous. If they don’t, you’ll be numbed and unable to project any human emotion or confidence.

  2. Channel nervous tension into your performance.

  3. Work off nervous energy by taking slow, deep breaths.

  4. Leave time to go to the toilet shortly before you speak.

  5. Prepare some positive affirmations to repeat to yourself to boost your confidence.

  6. Remember that the audience wants you to succeed.

  7. Smile and look as if you’re enjoying yourself – looking positive is half the battle in winning over an audience.

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Alyson Connolly, MFA, is a voice and public speaking coach who specializes in painless public speaking and overcoming performance anxiety. She is also a keynote speaker, having been a performer her whole life. Connolly started out as a child actor and has been a teacher of drama and theater for more than 30 years. Learn more at alysonconnolly.com.

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