i understand that public speaking is a huge stressor for many people- im the odd one out- im good at it and (gasp) i almost enjoy it! my students on the other hand.....
whenever they have to do speeches infront of the class and they are nervous, i tell them to pick a friendly face and focus on that one- i often sit at the back of the room and tell them to ignore their classmates and to make eye contact with me. ive had students vomit, come out in hives, faint: all because of the nerves that go with public speaking.
my advice is if you dont feel confident, FAKE it. dont just stand still- but dont rock from one foot to the other or fiddle withg your hands. pay attention to the speed you are speaking at- people tend to rush when nervous. break the ice with a little joke- it will relax you and engage your audience. go to the toilet before you get up and speak. if you lose your place and stumble- just keep going. stopping will draw attention to your minor mistake and people are a lot more forgiving than you think. if you cant make eye contact with your audience, pick a part of the room that you can focus on. use palm cards to jog your memory.
if you are medicated, maybe take your anti-anxiety med a little earlier to coincide with your public speaking engagement.
hope this helps:
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