Tips for Overcoming Anxiety If you are afraid of speaking in public, you’re not alone. Most people list public speaking as one of their top ten fears. There’s even a name for this fear—glossophobia. “There are two kinds of speakers. Those that are nervous and those that are liars.” Mark Twain Most public speakers get a little nervous before a presentation. That’s to be expected. However, if you get overly anxious, these tips may help you. u Adequate preparation is the best way to reduce anxiety. Practice your presentation over and over. Rehearse it in front of others, and record or videotape yourself. Practice, practice, practice. u Visualize success. In the days before you give your presentation, visualize yourself being relaxed and confident, successfully delivering your presentation to an appreciative audience. u Before you get up to speak, take a deep breath and let your body relax. u If you make a mistake or stumble, don’t worry about it, and don’t comment on it. Just go on. What may seem like a big error to you will hardly be noticed by your audience. And remember, no one expects you to be perfect. u Congratulate yourself for what you do well, and know that with every presentation, you will get even better. Study Tips and Strategies InfoGuide Making Presentations Copyrighted Material 755-17 WOODBURN PRESS This digital publication was presented by: ©Copyright Woodburn Press LLC all rights reserved