3 techniques to calm yourself before that big speech

If delivering a presentation gives you the jitters, the willies or the dreaded heebie-jeebies, try these scientific approaches to chilling out so you can wow your audience.

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These are among the simplest tools in my coaching toolkit-so simple that many speakers dismiss them as ineffective.

Research supports each of these smart, small tactics, which you can use to help your mind and body reframe any stress and anxiety you have before you give a speech or presentation:

1. Power posing: Use body motion to boost your confidence quickly. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy researched using power posing—standing tall with your arms taking up as much space as possible above your waist—before high-stakes speaking tasks, specifically those in which you might be evaluated, such as a job interview or public speaking. And it works.

To see how to do it and learn about the findings, watch Cuddy’s TED talk on power posing, now one of the most-watched TED talks, and read the research behind it.

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