Tournesol's Tips for Public Speaking Anxiety
Sweaty palms, churning stomach, dry mouth, racing thoughts - sound familiar? The average person finds the idea of speaking in public scarier than death (yes, really). Even billionaire Warren Buffet used to be terrified of public speaking, arranging his college classes so that he never had to speak in front of his peers. The good news is that nerves are completely normal, and can even be used to improve your performance. As with any skill, practice makes perfect, but we've also compiled some of our favorite tips to help ease the anxiety and increase your comfort-level next time you have to speak in public, whether at an interview, professional presentation, or social event. Scroll down or send us a message to see how Tournesol can help you!
"Ever since I was a kid public speaking has made me very anxious. Over time I've tried everything from the often-recommended imagining the audience without clothes to deep breathing exercises. I can’t say much helped until I recently began speaking more often about topics that inspire and drive me to initiate positive and lasting change:
Holistic health solutions
Providing under-served children with access to above mentioned health solutions
My public speaking preparation now includes two simple components:
1. Get to know my material - make sure I am familiar with everything there is to know about my topic. When I feel prepared, anxiety can’t touch me.
2. Expand my energy - I know that may seem like an intangible concept to some of you, but I will do my best to describe it. I imagine that my in-breath is gathering in my solar plexus, my power center. I imagine the breath glowing brightly there and then use that bright power to expand my essence to fill up the entire room.
I feel lighter, brighter, taller, happier, emotionally connected to the crowd and ready to go. Anxiety, sweaty palms, racing hearts and dry mouths can’t touch self-confidence that big."
-Carey Davidson, Founder & CEO of Tournesol Wellness.
"I gently hold (never squeeze) my thumb for a few minutes and take a few slow deep breaths. You can hold one thumb and then the other thumb or just hold one of your thumbs. This exercise can be done very discreetly, which is why Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help is so empowering. You can hold your thumb with your hands in your lap, standing before speaking, anytime, anyplace and anywhere. You will be amazed at how quickly your nervous system calms down!"
~Patty Bayer Troup, certified Jin Shin Jyutsu® practitioner and Self-Help instructor.
"Bach flowers are designed to work with specific emotions, and since individuals’ triggers differ, it’s good to determine what the underlying cause is. If the fear is being in front of people and looking foolish I might use Mimulus and Larch, or if the fear was more about being unprepared I might use Elm and Cerato. When in doubt, use Bach's Rescue Remedy - it's great for all causes of anxiety."
-Patricia Belfanti, Community Liaison
"Embracing your fears is the first step to releasing them. It may seem counter-intuitive, but once you acknowledge your negative feelings, try to go deeper into them - what's the fear really about? Naming your emotions and allowing yourself to sit with them actually allows them to complete their natural life cycle. I'm also a big believer in fake it 'til you make it - strike a powerful pose, smile big and I can guarantee you'll feel better!"
-Tess Rafferty, Client Experience Manager and Certified Glow Coach.