Fear of public speaking? 5 tips to calm down

AHH! So you’re giving a speech and you have a fear of public speaking (Glossophobia)! Don’t freak out. Almost everyone I know has this social anxiety. Here are 5 tips on how to calm yourself down before your presentation.

1. Map out your speech

2. Practice your speech in different locations, varying body positions, and at different times of the day

3. Watch other presentations

Then, record yourself.

This might be cringey to watch back, especially if you have a great fear of public speaking, but it gives you a great idea of what you look like and how you can improve. Maybe you didn’t realize you say, “ummm,” “erh,” “ah,” a lot. Here is where you can catch yourself!

*Obama mic drop*

4. General health

Hydrate or Die-drate

5. If given the opportunity — go to the space that you are presenting in

You will also form interpersonal relationships with employees of the venue — so there is more of an inclination to assist you in times of need (the presentation isn’t working, the mic is off, etc.). Ask them if you’re talking too loud or too quiet. Make time to practice with your visuals a few times and familiarize yourself with the technology provided. This will be your biggest asset to keeping calm.

Friendship ladies and gentlemen (and everyone in between)

Feeling more confident? Good! There’s one more thing we suggest you do, use AhaSlides!

AhaSlides, the online interactive presentation tool created to turn you — the speaker — into the real star on stage. Website: ahaslides.com