One key to appearing confident during public speaking is learning how—and knowing when—to calm yourself. Follow these tips:
- Monitor your stress. Apps like Azumio’s Stress Check (www.azumio.com) measures your heart rate through the camera and light features on your phone and estimates your level of stress in real time, so that you can see just how anxious you are. But it usually doesn’t take a hi-tech gadget to know you are stressed. A pounding heartbeat, sweaty palms and shaking hands are tell-tale signs too.
- Practice square breathing. When the stress takes hold, inhale for a slow count of four and hold the breath for a count of four. Slowly exhale for four counts and hold for four counts before starting the cycle over. Use the Stress Check app again to see how your breathing helped calm you.