Move from your center

Move from your center

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.

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5 ways you can hide your nerves when giving a speech

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Breathe

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.

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Stand solid
  • Put one foot slightly ahead of the other shoulder-width apart. 
  • Take a knee bend. As you come up, feel the connection with the floor and stand solid. 
  • You can move from time to time–but make sure you remain solid. This allows you to project outer strength, no matter how weak-kneed you feel on the inside.

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Pace yourself

Get into a relaxed rhythm

  • Notice your pace next time you walk–what feels comfortable?
  • Let your speaking connect with your walking, and notice how your sentence structure changes. 
  • Pay attention to when you pause and what patterns naturally emerge when you let your movement drive your sentence structure.

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Stretch your vowels

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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  2. Inhale slowly and deeply, and return to a standing position by slowly rolling your body up, lifting your head last.
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