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Grounding Techniques: How to Calm Pre-Speaking Nerves and Shake Off Excess Movement

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Alright, so let's talk about those pre-speaking jitters. You know, that feeling in your stomach like a thousand butterflies are having a party? Yeah, we've all been there. But here's the thing: you can use some neat tricks to calm those nerves and shake off that excess movement or trembling. It's all about grounding yourself—bringing yourself back to earth, so to speak.

So, what exactly is grounding? Well, it's a fancy way of saying you'll center yourself and focus on the here and now. Instead of getting lost in a whirlwind of anxiety, you're going to anchor yourself in the present moment and find your inner calm. Sounds good, right? Here are some down-to-earth techniques to help you do just that:

1. Take a Breather: Deep breath in and deep out. It's as simple as that. Close your eyes if needed, and feel the air filling your lungs. Let those breaths slow down your racing heart and ease those trembling hands.

2. Look Around: Take a good look at your surroundings. Notice the colors, the sounds, the textures. Focus on what's happening around you instead of getting caught up in your head. It's incredible how much this can ground you in the present moment.

3. Check-in with Your Body: Give yourself a quick once-over. Are your shoulders tense? Is your jaw clenched? Loosen up those muscles and let go of that tension. Starting from your toes, work your way up, and give each part of your body a little love.

4. Keep a Grounding Object Handy: Find yourself a little something—a smooth stone, a piece of fabric, whatever speaks to you. Keep it in your pocket or purse, and when those nerves start acting up, pull it out and focus on it. Let its texture and weight bring you back down to earth.

5. Repeat After Me: Prepare some positive affirmations to boost your confidence. It may feel cheesy at first, but trust me, it works. Tell yourself you've got this, that you're confident and capable. Sometimes, a little self-pep talk is all you need.

6. Picture Perfect: Close your eyes and visualize yourself nailing that presentation. Picture the audience nodding, hanging on your every word. Visualize success, and watch those nerves melt away.

Incorporate these techniques into your pre-speaking routine, and watch how they work wonders for calming those nerves and keeping that excess movement in check. And hey, remember, it's okay to feel nervous. It just means you care about doing a good job. So take a deep breath, ground yourself, and knock them out of the park!

And, if you're looking for more personalized help with your public speaking skills, consider reaching out to a speaking coach, executive speaking coach, or communication coach. Our coaches at Audere Consulting offer specialized services to help you overcome your fears and become a confident and effective communicator. Schedule a strategy call with our founder, Christina Marie, here.

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