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STEP FIVE Get some exercise. A walk, a swim, a session in gym, it doesn't matter what you do, as long as you get some exercise in couple of hours before your talk. That way you'll change chemistry of your blood supply in your own favour. Exercise is essential in reducing nerves. Do not skimp on this.
STEP SIX Chew some mints or sweets. While waiting to go on stage, chew something. This will produce saliva which also helps reduce nerves. If you drink water your saliva production will go down and your nervousness will rise. Avoid water when presenting.
STEP SEVEN When you go up on stage, smile. No matter how false it feels to you, audience won't notice. Just smile. It helps produce hormones that lead to a more relaxed feeling.
STEP EIGHT Be active on stage. Move around, use big gestures and get as much body movement as you can. The more you move more relaxed you will feel.
STEP NINE Look people in eye. Make as much eye contact as you can. The more better. Eye contact is essential in helping you feel good and reducing your nerves.
STEP TEN Use feedback. Always gain feedback on your speeches. You'll soon discover you are a lot better than you think you are, which is bound to help boost your confidence.
Graham Jones is a psychologist and public speaker. He has helped over 17,000 people overcome their fear of public speaking. He runs The Presentation Business to help you speak in public. See: www.presentationbiz.com
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