MORE IDEAS FROM THE ARTICLE
Give everyone in your audience at least 3 seconds of continuous eye contact before moving to the next person. This is usually enough to make people feel included in a conversation.
The '3-second rule' is a great and simple way to engage your audience and convey a sense of ease with it, even when you're feeling nervous.
... and gesticulate while you're speaking.
Hiding your hands and palms usually signals to your audience that you are hiding something, thus making you look less trustworthy.
Using your hands also makes your stories and arguments seem more intriguing.
Embrace the awkward moment fully. By doing this, you show true confidence.
The fear of looking ridiculous and being judged by others freezes your emotions and expressions, amplifying your discomfort in front of others.
99% of all awkward situations are made worse because you are trying to be perceived in a certain way by the others.
Stop managing people's opinions of you. Your confidence should not be based on those outside perceptions, but in recognizing that you are not perfect and liking yourself anyway.
"There's nothing to fear but fear itself"
Most of the time it's not the thing that you're afraid of. It's the actual fear that's holding you back.
You should be afraid of the fear, because the fear is going to hold you back more than a hypotetical situation really will.
Check the Fear setting exercise
Just as your body knows how to heal itself when you do nothing, your life will be guided forward and change will happen.
Change is always happening even if you're not trying to.