Guest blog from Patricia Fripp, Executive Speech Coach | President at FrippVT
Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE is an award-winning keynote speaker, business presentation expert, sales presentation skills trainer, and in-demand speech coach to executives. She gave AVC Video permission to reprint her tips for our clients who will appear on camera.
We’ve all heard that the fear of death is often surpassed by the fear of public speaking. Think about the positive results of doing a presentation and that might motivate you to work through your fears. In case that isn’t enough, take time to work through these exercises to help you channel all that nervousness into energy.
Physical Preparation: Warm up and relax your body and face.
1. If you’re wearing high heels take them off. Now, stand on one leg and shake the other. When you put your foot back on the ground it’s going to feel lighter than the other one. Now, switch legs and shake. You want your energy to go through the floor and out of your head. This sounds quite cosmic; it isn’t. It’s a practical technique used by actors.
2. Shake your hands…fast. Hold them above your head, bending at the wrist and elbow and then bring your hands back down. This will make your hand movements more natural.
3. Warm up your face muscles by chewing in a highly exaggerated way. Do shoulder and neck rolls. Imagine that you’re eye level with a clock. As you look at 12, pull as much of your face up to 12 as you can; now move it to 3, then down to 6 and finally over to 9.
All of these exercises serve to warm you up and relax you. Those exaggerated movements make it easier for your movements to flow more naturally.
Preparation is a key element to making a solid presentation.
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