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!
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Alejandro | 27th Feb 19
Hi! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick
shout out and tell you I genuinely enjoy reading through your articles.
Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same topics?
Thank you so much!
laveremis | 28th Feb 19
Hi Alejandro, Hmmm good question. A lot of the blogs I follow are fashion related, however I can recommend EmmasEdition.com (She discusses blogging, confidence and content creation) in addition https://shejustglows.com/life-tv-news/ is another blog written by a former news anchor. Thanks for stopping by!
Douglas Bratley | 28th Feb 19
Great article on public speaking, Lindsay !!
laveremis | 28th Feb 19
Thanks for taking the time to read Douglas! I hope it’s helpful.
Diaryofayummymommy | 1st Mar 19
These are very helpful tips. I have always been uncomfortable with public speaking to the point that even doing IG stories with me speaking in it use to scare me. I’ve been working on it and I’ll definitely keep these tips in mind. Thank you.
laveremis | 1st Mar 19
I’m very glad I can help! I understand the struggles. At one point, I was so shy, I was afraid to call and order a pizza. It’s all about practice and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. Blogging and IG stories are a GREAT first step. Kudos to you for taking this step!
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