Much of the fear of public speaking is about how you feel. Put yourself in this mindset: you are the host, not a guest. You will be less anxious if you are the host.
Here are some tips to put yourself in a host mindset:
- Arrive early before a business presentation or speaking engagement. Get the lay of the land. Check out the room from all angles.
- Do a sound check, if there’s a microphone.
- As the host, you own the room. Move the furniture and adjust the lighting to suit your needs.
- When your audience begins to arrive, greet them at the door as their host. Talk to a few people as they arrive to warm up your voice and your gestures. Make eye contact. Smile.
When you assume the role of the host, at least in your mind, you’ll deliver a more confident and relaxed speech.