5 ways you can hide your nerves when giving a speech
Get into a relaxed rhythm.
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Whether you gasp or sigh, your listeners will notice the breath you take before you speak.
Focus on the exhale. Think about controlling your breath like taking a sip of air–the less air you have to hold, the less sound you’ll make when you breathe.
Get into a relaxed rhythm.
To control nervous gestures, you have to add more by moving from your core–not just your arms.
Allow your full energy to flow through your entire body - it will make you appear calm and collected on the outside, regardless of what you’re feeling on the inside.
When speakers get nervous, they often compress their sound. And mumbling sounds make it difficult for the audience to understand what you’re saying.
The key is to focus on stretching out your vowels, slurring your sounds together. By focusing on stretching out your vowels, you’ll sound sharp and clear.
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