I have to deliver a speech, I’m nervous, I’m afraid. Don’t panic! Let’s discover the four best ways to make yourself feel comfortable in front of an audience.
#1: Take a deep breath
It’s totally normal to get nervous before you get on
The problem is that many people start hyperventilating because they’re breathing very fast and superficial. This just increases your nervousness. My advice: take some breathing exercises. You can do this where-ever you are. Simply relax and focus on your breathing. Breathe-in slowly but deeply and you will feel right away how your body will calm down. Your pulse will decrease and you’re not going to sweat so much and you’re going to feel much more comfortable entering the stage.
#2: Take it slowly
have seen so many speakers running up the stairs to the stage as if they were chased by someone. It’s a matter of only a few seconds to enter the stage but take your time and enjoy this moment. It’s your moment where you can still relax for a short while. Take a deep breath when you enter the stage but don’t hurry. In worst case you will stumble over your own feet ending in a disaster before even you are on stage. Avoid this under any circumstances by taking your time when to enter the stage.
#3: Look at the audience
It’s very important to connect with the audience when you get on the stage. Don’t grab the microphone and start speaking right away. Take your time and look at the audience but enjoy most of all the moment standing in front of this crowd. This crowd is there because of you. They want to hear what you have to say. You need to give them at least the possibility to discover who you are. You cannot suppose that they know who you are. Maybe they have never seen you before. If you start talking right away they will not even listen to your first words because they are so focused on discovering who you are.
They look at you your face your body your posture. Enjoy this moment and you will see that you will start owning the audience. And you will really relax on stage and enjoy this moment standing in front of the audience.
#4: Check the tech
Can you imagine how often I have seen someone entering the stage, taking the remote for the PowerPoint presentation starting his
Of course, it’s preferable to do these things before even entering the stage. If you have the possibility to do so, insist on doing it. If you don’t have the possibility then check everything while you are on stage. You will have the time for it and I can assure you no matter how much time you take for these things it will be beneficial. You will get nervous if your PowerPoint goes backward. You’re actually in a much worse position as if you take just these 5 seconds to look at the remote.