From time to time we all have to stand up in front of a group of people to speak. Whether at an informal thank you to family and friends or a more official speech for business, it is entirely natural to be nervous and apprehensive.
Believe it or not, nerves are good for us. They keep us ‘on our toes’ and prevent us from becoming complacent. Even the most experienced speaker feels some anxiety before performing in public. If they don’t they probably won’t be a terribly interesting speaker.
The following tips are based upon lessons I have learned (and mistakes I have made) during my public speaking experiences and from observing many different presentation styles.