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Dave Hill - Speaker, Trainer, Author, and Speech Coach

Dave Hill – Speaker, Trainer, Author, and Speech Coach

16 TIPS FOR REDUCING COMMUNICATION ANXIETY  

  1. Know your subject matter.  Don’t try to “wing” your presentation.
  2. Know the outline and sequence of the sections of your presentation.
  3. Prepare, prepare, prepare (and rehearse in the room you will be presenting).
  4. Hydrate.  Drink lots of water at least two hours before your presentation and have some available during your presentation in case you get “cotton mouth.”
  5. Do not drink coffee, alcohol, dairy products or iced beverages before you speak.  They can diminish the capability of your vocal cords.
  6. Imagine yourself being successful.
  7. Ask your brain, “What’s the worst thing that can happen?” (You will live through this.)
  8. Have a backup plan in case your audio-visual equipment fails.
  9. Consider having backup notes in case you get a mind-blank.
  10. Arrive early to deal with the unexpected.
  11. Use a cotton undershirt to minimize sweat leak-through.
  12. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
  13. Before your presentation, walk, listen to music, imagine yourself being successful.
  14. Take deep breaths from your diaphragm.
  15. Try pressing your knees together just before the presentation.  Some people take the edge off their anxiety this way.
  16. Remember:  Some anxiety is good; it is your body’s natural response and it can give you energy.      
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