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Relax Your Way to Public Speaking

Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out. - Stephen Covey

Unbelievably, fear of death is second to the one greatest fear that most of humanity seems tensely afraid of: fear of speaking in public.

If fear is all you are thinking, then forget about that presentation that could earn your company and you the necessary sales. Presentation and public speaking are one of the most efficient and effective manners of making your products and services known. Why deny your product or service the chance to be heard? If you are still afraid, try your best to focus on the various positive aftereffects of making that presentation. Create in your mind the clients, customers, and contact persons you might not get to see or be involved with if you let that unnecessary and irrelevant anxiety take hold of you. Your presentation may only take thirty minutes, but the long-term effects of your pitch or presentation might go a long way.

If the fear is still gripping you, try the following exercises to help your body relax and warm up to whatever it is you plan to do in your presentation. Turn that negative energy into a positive one and see who benefits best from it.

Warm-up your body

Are you wearing high-heeled shoes now? If you are, please take them off now. Then go and stand up. Try to stand on only one leg. Then shake the leg that is off the floor. Switch legs and do the same thing again. You are taking the negative energy of anxiety towards the bottom and out of your body. Though this may appear and sound so out of this world, it works. For your information, actors use this as a warm-up exercise before attacking any scene.

Hold out your hands; shake them fast. Please put your hands over your head and bring them to your sides. Repeat the same process. Doing this often will take the tension off your hands and arms, so any movements you make with them during your presentation get to appear natural.

Ease the tension present in the muscles of your face. To do this, what you could do is chew in a manner that is magnified.

These exercises are accomplished to warm any part of your body that is edgy, nervous, or taut from being too worried thinking about how you will do in your presentation. Do not overthink, though, as it only adds unnecessary stress. Relax, and your audience will relax along with you.

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