School is back in session! For some, that will mean oral book reports and projects. Ugh! I couldn’t stand doing those. However over time, I learned 2 easy ways to handle the stress of public speaking.
Want to know what they are? Keep reading.
Ways to cope with public speaking nervousness
There are lots of different ways to deal with the nervousness that comes with speaking to an audience. Here are the two techniques I use.
1) Picture yourself in the moment of giving the speech (or visualization). Whenever I practice my speech, I’ll pretend that I am giving my speech in front of the audience. I found that it helps me to become more comfortable with the situation, and get more relaxed with the words and the cadence of what I’m saying.
2) Relaxing breaths. This technique does help to calm the nerves a little. I never would have believed it if I hadn’t tried it.
Do this. Inhale through your nose and slowly exhale through your mouth. Two or three times should help. I do it until I feel a little calmer. I don’t know how this works, but it worked for me. Try it!
The takeaway is public speaking is a part of life. Projects and reports will be a part of your academic life, and possibly your professional life.
Visualizing the situation and doing some calming breaths are 2 easy ways to handle the stress of public speaking. These won’t take away your fear, but they will help you deal with it.
If you want to share a story of how you dealt with having to speak in front of a crowd, please share it in the comments section. If you have any comments, please put them down there too. I’d love to read them!