Nerves occur in many people who speak in public. In this video, learn how to explain ways to free yourself from nerves and focus.
- It's okay to have butterflies when we speak in public … as long as they're flying in formation. … Being a wee bit nervous is normal. … Some of us, though, experience more … than a wee bit of nervousness. … When people tell me they get nervous … speaking up in meetings … or delivering presentations and speeches, … I understand it completely. … I get nervous too. … In fact, people find this hard to believe, … but when I was a TV news anchor and a radio host, … I actually experienced panic attacks live on the air. … The first time was when I quickly ran from the newsroom … to the studio because I was on the air … in a matter of seconds. … And I rushed to the chair and I put on my microphone, … and then just as I was about to start speaking, … I couldn't catch my breath. … I tried to speak. … Nothing came out. … My heart was racing. … It felt like I was in the movie "Jaws" … and a shark had grabbed me. … I managed to squeeze a few words out, haltingly, … swallowing a lot, unable to catch my breath. …
- Organizing your thoughts
- Speaking slowly, naturally, and confidently
- Breathing properly
- Using your body to reinforce speech
- Managing facial expressions
- Handling nervousness
- Voice modulation, eye contact, and gestures
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Be a Better Communicator
2. Honing Your Message
3. Say It Like You Mean It
4. Look Like You Mean It
5. Confronting Anxiety
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