Tips For Keeping Your Cool Before Your Presentation

The physical symptoms of public speaking nerves can be annoying, even distressing at times. But running that adrenalin will give you energy and give energy to your speech. You just need to control the symptoms. Here are 5 effective ways to calm them down and keep your cool before your presentations.

1. Stretch to relax. Rise on your toes and reach for the ceiling, with your head back. Tighten your muscles from legs up through abdomen, and then release. Relax the neck and shoulder muscles, letting your head loll on your neck in different directions.

2. Breathe to relax. Stand erect, but relaxed and balanced. Inhale while silently counting to five. Hold the breath for five counts, then exhale for five – all breathing is through the mouth. Your diaphragm should move, but your chest should not expand. You can gradually increase the number of counts for each breath to 10.

3. Relax your Jaw. Let your head loll forward. As you raise it, keep your jaw relaxed. Let it hang open, and smile to yourself at how silly it feels.

4. Ground yourself. Be aware of standing with your feet firmly planted, relaxed, but firmly stable. Be aware of the strength of that grounding, and the peace it brings.

5. Relax your throat. Yawn…. This is how your throat needs to be to speak well – open, and relaxed.

Keep relaxing the muscles throughout your body, your jaw, neck and throat until you walk to the presentation area. Then smile! and begin.

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