The Mind is a wonderful thing. It starts to work the minute you are born, and never stops until you get up to speak in public. – John Mason Brown
More than on opinion survey has shown that speaking before a group is our number one lifetime fear. But although it may afflict you much like a disease, you can overcome stage fright.
Here are a few steps on how you can overcome this fear:
- Accept podium anxiety as a motivating force that even the most talented performers experience.
- Prepare so completely that your expert knowledge makes you feel invulnerable and unstoppable.
- Study your audience so thoroughly that you are sure you know how to push their “hot buttons”
- Rehearse your presentation from the very lectern in the very room where you’ll deliver it.