Sweaty palms, shaky knees, a slight tremble in your voice… Sound familiar? Want to get a leg up on your nerves? Public speaking anxiety is common and natural. In fact, even TV journalists and performers experience it. The first time I ever reported live, I felt like I was on a roller coaster. My heart was racing. What if I lose my train of thought? What if I stumble over my words? It’s live television, there are no do-overs!
Now mind you, this wasn’t a high stakes report… It just felt that way to me. I was doing a live interview at Oktoberfest with the president of Leinenkugel’s Beer, who just happened to be wearing lederhosen! He had done the same interview dozens of times. All I had to do was set the scene for the festival and provide a bit of local color. Everything went fine.
It didn’t turn into a YouTube moment… but looking back, it was a teachable one.
The first step in conquering public speaking anxiety, is realizing that having it doesn’t make you weird or a failure. In fact, we all experience this to some degree. For some people it’s crippling, for others it might just be a slight “edgy” feeling. Once you understand your tendencies, you can prepare for them and develop strategies to improve your performance.
The following tricks are methods I swear by! After all, they carried me from nearly losing my lederhosen (and my lunch), to the anchor chair. Whether you are looking to speak more confidently/comfortably in front of a crowd, want to nail an unscripted live shot, or need to make a pitch like a #bossbabe, these tips will give you a jump start!
Now, to the fashion… Let’s revel in faux fur fabulosity for a minute!
You might be groaning right now, hearing me talk about coats and faux fur. I love spring fashion as much as the next girl. However, this is actually a great time to stock up on these type of pieces. Spring styles begin hitting stores in February, leaving retailers eager to clear out their winter stock to free up space. This means great deals for you! Many of the staples in my closet are upwards of 50 percent off right now. See below!
Don’t feel like buying a coat right now? I totally get that. However, if you’re frugal and live in the Midwest, you likely have at least one more solid month of jacket weather. After that, you’ll probably still need layers for cooler nights and days. Allow me to present a perfect solution… Looks like a cardigan, warms like a coat. This embellished faux fur jacket from Chicwish is both edgy and classic for $67. Chicwish is a Hong Kong-based company that specializes in indie/retro fashions, and one of my favorites because its pieces are so unique and well-cut for petite frames. This particular coat appealed to me because it is not an all-over fur number. It is distinctive, but not over-the-top. Very wearable and office-appropriate!
While we’re on the topic of coats, my other two favorites are 50 percent off right now! Don’t you love buying off season? The deals are insane! Look #1: Waterfall hem/shawl collar coat (originally
$148, now $73.90) Waterfall hem/shawl collar coat (originally $148, now $73.90)
Assymetrical Belted Wool Coat (originally
$275, now $139.99)