In this episode of Your Weekly Juice, I interview my dear friend, Shannon Polly, Principal of Shannon Polly & Associates and Professional Certified Coach, who is expert on presentation skills and executive presence. After spending years as a professional actress, Shannon now shares her wisdom with her clients on how to fully engage with their audience and how to build confidence before giving a talk or presentation.
Here is a summary of Shannon's 3 tips for overcoming your fear of public speaking:
Before giving your next presentation think about how do you manage your own tension in your body when you are standing in front of a group of people. Shannon encourages you not to see anxiety as a problem. Being nervous when public speaking is completely normal and is something many people struggle with. Focus on your breathing - breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Exhale twice as long as you inhale. By focusing on your breathing you are taking your focus away from your nerves.
What do you want your audience to think, feel or do after your presentation? Focus on the outcome and the information you are presenting this will help you better connect with your audience.
When giving a presentation, focus on your audience. You are more likely to combat your fear of public speaking when your attention is directed to others rather than yourself.
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