An estimated 75% of people experience some degree of nervousness when it comes to public speaking. If you’re one of them, learning how to improve your skills can go a long way toward reducing anxiety. Here are a few tips:
• Prepare. Nothing helps ease the fear of public speaking more than knowing your material. Rehearse several times.
• Get rid of the PowerPoint. Make your speech the focal point. If you do use slides, use visuals to support your message.
• Breathe. The worst moment is the one before your entrance. Visualize a positive outcome and use deep breathing to reduce stress.
– Chris Keene, Ghidotti Communications