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5 Tips to Your Public Speaking Anxiety

By Debra Kissen

Michelle Lozano, AMFT

  1. Deep belly breaths. Studies have shown the power of diaphragmatic breathing in lowering the cortisol level in your body (stress hormone). Learn how here.  
  2. Mess up! Yes, you read it correctly. Fear of freezing? Practice freezing in front of your spouse or friend. This takes the ambiguity and power out of the fear. 
  3. Exercise the morning of — this places your nervous energy somewhere useful.
  4. Meet & Greet – speaking to an unfamiliar crowd is intimidating. Try to make informal conversation with someone prior to presenting, that way you have a friendly, real person to relate to.
  5. Practice, practice, practice! You can re-train your brain through repetition. 

Dr. Debra Kissen is CEO of Light On Anxiety CBT Treatment Center. Dr. Kissen specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)...

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