“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time” Thomas A. Edison
My experience has proven that you can never be too prepared when it comes to public speaking. Furthermore, the more you practice and the more you prepare, the less likely it will be that you will have butterflies or be overtaken by nervous energy when you approach the audience.
I have also learned this from watching other speakers – and by being able to quickly identify if they have prepared or not. I also remind myself that the audience wants me to succeed. They are there to hear what I am going to say.
I am sharing something that they want to learn about. Why be nervous?
When it comes to the moment you are going to take the microphone or stage, in addition to rehearsing, I have found that visualizing myself speaking in front of the room for several seconds before my talk (sitting or standing in the back of the room, with my eyes closed if I am not facing the audience) helps to control the butterflies.
Also, deep breathing before my talk is key to controlling my energy.
Last, when I first stand up to address the room, I also take a moment and pause, take in the energy from the room, and scan the audience. The moment of collecting my thoughts gives me time to take in the moment and for me and the audience to connect with each other.
From the upcoming book, “From Zero to Speaker Hero“, How to Achieve Fame, Fun, and Fortune as a Speaker.