Top 7 Tips for Eliminating Speaker Jitters
By Sandra Schrift
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- Nervousness is fear of failure. Here is the secret of
conquering anxiety. Become message-centered and
audience-centered, not self-centered. Stop thinking of
yourself, and start thinking of your message.
- If you are thoroughly prepared, your internal
nervousness seldom shows. Prepare 150%.
- Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. Talk out loud, and walk
around while you practice. Use the same physical energy
you plan to use on the day of your presentation. Practice
in the car. If you can concentrate while driving, you will
be able to pull it from your unconscious when are you in
front of the group. Make your points sound off-the-cuff
- Practice in front of your mirror. Practice in the car.
If you can concentrate while driving you will be able to
pull what you need from your unconscious when you are in
front of the group. Make your points sound spontaneous
- Exercise is an antidote to stress. Arrive early and
take a brisk walk for at least five minutes. If it is
raining or snowing outside, you can still do some body
- Abstain from caffeine and alcohol before you speak.
You don’t need more jitters. Always wear your favorite
outfit use attractive colors. Women, go simple on the
jewelry. Avoid too much black and white.
- For trembling hands, place your hands on the side of
your chair and count to 10 as you try to lift the seat.
This is an isometric exercise that works… and nobody will
notice you doing it.
Sandra Schrift 13 year speaker bureau owner and now career
coach to emerging and veteran public speakers who want to
"grow" a profitable speaking business. I also work with
business professionals and organizations who want to
master their presentations.
Article Submitted On: March 29, 2006