Top 10 Tips for Overcoming Stage Fright

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When I first began my speaking career, I was sure that the people sitting in the back of the room could hear my heart pounding.

Nervousness can manifest itself in several ways:

  • sweaty palms
  • quivering voice
  • flushed or pale face
  • knees knocking
  • heart beating loudly, like mine
  • forgetting what you were going to say
  • dry throat when it feels as if your mouth is filled with cotton

Sound familiar?

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Radical Speaking Confidence

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Radical confidence, a belief in possibility, is a requirement for success. Unlike hubris that derives from an inflated ego and a presumption of entitlement, real confidence comes from being in the trenches and doing the work. The more often you practice and deliver a presentation, for example, the more comfortable and polished you will become.

Here are my top 10 tips to maximize your practice time before your next presentation:

Mental Rehearsal

1) Visualize your success.

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Communication Matters

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For me, good communication is about stripping away the layers of complexity that interfere with our ability to achieve mutual understanding. It’s like having an artichoke whose leaves are prickly and sharp to the touch. Once we start to peel away the thistles, we discover the heart of the plant in the center.

We’ve all had relationships like that at some point in our lives: people that challenge and frustrate our ability to connect with them.

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