You were feeling confident before your speech. But after speaking for a few minutes, those butterflies start flying out of control in your stomach. 😳
So what can you do to calm yourself and finish your speech on a high note?
1. Focus on why the audience needs to hear your message. Always keep their needs at the forefront of your mind, and how they will benefit and be better off after leaving you. It’s always about them; not you.
2. Pause and Walk. Finish what you’re saying, and then pause to center yourself. Take a few steps across the stage, as if in deep thought. To the audience, it will appear as if you’re contemplating something when you’re really just trying to ease your nerves. 😉 WHOOOOSAAAHHHH
3. Breathe deeply. The first thing that people forget to do when they get nervous is breathe properly. They start breathing shallowly, which is a big contributor to anxiety.
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As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
- 1 Peter 4:10-11
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