ON SPEAKING LIKE A PRO
by Sandra Schrift
Here are some tips to reduce speech anxiety that I have gleaned from working with professional speakers over the last 24 years. Visualize your success at the lectern. ‘When you visualize your success, you will be successful.’ Arrive early and become familiar with the room in which you will give your presentation. Check the audio/visual equipment as needed. Greet your audience as they arrive in the room. Then the group will not feel like strangers to you. Practice, Practice, Practice your speech beforehand. Remember, it is about them, not you. So harness your nervousness and focus your enthusiasm, your attention, and your message on the audience.
The Coach is reminded . . . ‘Those who fail to prepare are preparing to fail.’