18 Tips for Successful Public Speaking, Job interviews & Auditions

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By
Patricia Stark
1. Nerves? Inhale 4 seconds-hold 7 seconds-exhale 8 seconds-pause-repeat. Calms mind/nervous system, regulates breathing, balances emotions.

2. Broadway Tip: A student of mine from Mama Mia uses Bananas to combat nerves. Swears they are beta blockers & calms her before a performance.

3. Lay off the perfume & cologne. Smell is the scent of memory. You may smell like a bad one to someone else.

4. Confidence Tip: It is not what we “are” that keeps us from reaching our goals but what we “think” we are NOT.

5. Voice Tip: The Larynx/voice-box is a muscle. The more tense the muscle the higher pitched your voice will be. Massage & warmth help it relax.

6. Follow Up Tip: A hand written thank you note carries a lot of weight in a cyber age of emails & texts. I know folks who save them in a file.

7. Prep Tip: Before that big meeting or interview, visit the location ahead of time. Know your way before the big day.

8. Confidence Tip: We can’t focus on a negative thought & a positive one at the same time. You have to pick. It’s a choice to think positive.

9. Performance Tip: If you believe, the audience will believe. This goes for acting, selling, persuading, educating, inspiring or motivating.  

10. Australian Study: Gum chewing associated with higher alertness, reduced stress & anxiety, greater performance on multi-tasking activities! (but chew right before NOT during!!!).

11. Confidence Tip: “Confidence comes not from always being right, but from not fearing to be wrong.”- Peter T. Mcintyre.

12. Voice Tip: Avoid dairy products before a speech or meeting. Coagulation occurs around vocal chords & makes you want to clear your throat. (Also coats your tongue).

13. Confidence: the sureness of feeling that you are equal to the task at hand. Practice & preparation are the magic bullets that can kill fear.

14. Psychologist Stuart Brody believes the hormone Oxytocin gives a calming effect in public speaking anxiety. Sex=Oxytocin for up to a week!

15. NASA study shows spiders can’t spin webs while on caffeine – may be an indicator to limit caffeine prior to an interview, audition, or speech.

16. Performance Tip: Tension Headache? Rub your earlobes! This acupressure trick clears your head & dulls pain above the neck.

17. Motivation Tip: Ditch the sunglasses on the way to that interview or audition. Light stimulates neurotransmitters which increase motivation.

18. Image Tip: Ditching the sunglasses will also prevent the dreaded “Opti-indentus” – those ugly indentations on the sides of your nose.

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