10 Ways to Stop Panicking and Start Speaking

I used to be terrified of public speaking. I avoided it like the plague.

I was a nervous wreck if I had to present in front of more than 4 people. My heart pounded, my voice quivered and I didn’t know how to make it stop.

Then I found my way to Toastmasters (a public speaking club for those who don’t know). I was welcomed by a supportive group of speakers who cheered me on, gave me pointers and provided a safe space to practice. And I practiced A LOT.

Getting over my fears of public speaking was one of the most liberating experiences of my adult life.

It was a long road, but I learned something incredibly valuable. The ability to talk out loud to other people, to organize your thoughts and get them out of your mouth in a fashion that other people understand, is a skill.

Presentation skills are just that – a skill that can be learned, like knitting or baseball. But you do have to PRACTICE.

If you find that even the thought of a presentation makes you shudder, grab 10 Tips to Boost Your Presentation Skills. They’re free!

Madeline Schwarz