To curb anxiety when speaking in front of an audience:
- Be fully prepared. Most fear comes from uncertainty. Know your material fully before you step to the lectern.
- Focus on your first five minutes. It’s rare that speakers freeze up mid-way through a speech. By then, they settle in and are comfortable with their presentations.
- Breathe deeply and slowly to relax yourself before speaking.
- Lighten the mood. Tell a joke or a humorous story.
— Adapted from “The Best Practical Tips for Overcoming Stage Fright,” Chris Widener, www.madeforsuccess.com.