It was my first week in the training academy, and my boss told me that our lead called sick. I needed to co-train with him a bunch of managers who flew in from all over the world. I breezed through the trainers guide, and couldn’t imagine myself pulling it off. That was my first time to deliver a leadership training session in an airline in the Middle East with more than a hundred different nationalities in its workforce.
Now, people see me confident, and chill when I speak infront of the cam when I host live webcasts. Little they know that I actually have Glossophobia or fear of public speaking.
How do I manage?
Here are some tips based on what I do to psyche myself up before an event.
I own my space.
A good speaker knows what they are talking about, and can answer questions thrown at them. Study your topic well.
I get my talk points organized in my head.
Write your script even if you won’t get to read it. Keep it short but enough to cover the essentials. Make sure you have good stories as proof of concept.
Practice. Practice. Practice.
Enlist the help of your close circles. Let them be your audience first then listen to their feedback about your strengths and weaknesses. If not, take a video of yourself speaking, and critique yourself — facial expression, you uhms and aahs, clarity of your message...
Here’s a bonus! Before the event, do some breathwork, and self-affirmations. (Check out the 4-7-8 Breathing Technique in YouTube) Instead of trying to calm yourself down, tell yourself that you are excited. As the saying goes, “fake it till you make it."
With these tips, you are ready to go on with your presentation, talk, hosting or what have you! Don’t forget to treat yourself after a job well done!
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My last batch of leadership training from our partner airline, before leaving the academy.