Top 10 Tips for Overcoming Stage Fright

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When I first began my speaking career, I was sure that the people sitting in the back of the room could hear my heart pounding.

Nervousness can manifest itself in several ways:

  • sweaty palms
  • quivering voice
  • flushed or pale face
  • knees knocking
  • heart beating loudly, like mine
  • forgetting what you were going to say
  • dry throat when it feels as if your mouth is filled with cotton

Sound familiar?

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Radical Speaking Confidence

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Radical confidence, a belief in possibility, is a requirement for success. Unlike hubris that derives from an inflated ego and a presumption of entitlement, real confidence comes from being in the trenches and doing the work. The more often you practice and deliver a presentation, for example, the more comfortable and polished you will become.

Here are my top 10 tips to maximize your practice time before your next presentation:

Mental Rehearsal

1) Visualize your success.

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Lazy Speaking


In his book Damp Squid: The English Language Laid Bare, author Jeremy Butterfield cites ten of our most over-used expressions:

  1. “At the end of the day”
  2. “Fairly unique”
  3. “I personally think”
  4. “At this moment in time”
  5. “With all due respect”
  6. “Absolutely”
  7. “It’s a nightmare”
  8. “Shouldn’t of”
  9. “24/7”
  10. “It’s not rocket science.”

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