Public speaking anxiety is very common today.   Many people dread talking in front of others for fear that they may be judged and ridiculed.  This perception is not necessarily correct.  

Public speaking anxiety can easily be overcome by various techniques and relaxation.   While it is one of the phobias that so many people dread it can can be channeled into a pleasurable experience.

People entering into the public speaking arena can go attend various courses and clubs, such as toastmasters, learn with private speech and drama teachers, and receive online training.

The content of the speech should be carefully and methodically researched. Once the speaker has the content, he/she can then place the speech onto cue cards and start practicing to alleviate public speaking anxiety.

Practicing the speech in front of a mirror, or in front of family or friends, is one way that public speaking anxiety can be channeled.  Long mirrors are extremely effective, since you can watch yourself speaking, time yourself and monitor your body language.  

Timing is critically important.  Speeches should be timed accurately, since a public speaker who has not timed their speech can run into difficulties should the speech be too long or too short.

The day of the speech is also important.  On the day it is vital to be well rested and ensure that one has eaten properly.  One of the no no’s for drinking is anything dairy. Dairy creates mucous, and is not advised as a refreshment when on stage. Fizzy drinks containing high percentages of gas should also be avoided.

Dress code is another important consideration when on stage. Make sure that the outfit you are wearing empowers and flatters you.  Also ensure that your shoes are immaculate, and comfortable .  Do voice exercises such as tongue twisters, vocal warm ups, lip exercises, tongue exercises and breathing techniques. Tongue exercises stretch out the tongue, up and down, –  try to reach the nose and the chin.  Sound out the consonant tttttttt, and for the lips try  the Plip Plop, Flip Flop exercise

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