The night before a speech
What’s your story? My Prince’s Trust experience
I’ve read a lot of articles and books that mention referring to any nerves you may have as a good way to make light of your fear during a speech.
I’m not sure I agree entirely. I personally feel that this is acceptable for social speeches, such as toasts, wedding speeches.etc, but is not something you should do during a business or professional speech. Unfortunately our corporate culture does not look kindly on perceived weakness!
So what do you do if you are nervous in a business talk or speech that you have to give?
To avoid nerves in business speech or presentation, preparation is always the best remedy.
If you know all the data, all the facts and all the answers to questions, you’re the expert in the room and you can’t fail.
If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail. Sorry, no shortcuts.