Everyone is capable of panic before a big event - even the greatest orators and performers. Be like them and prepare your nerves.
PRACTISE TILL NEAR PERFECT. But have courage to stop on the night before to allow yourself time to re-charge.
RECALL PAST MOMENTS OF EXCELLENCE and visualise yourself performing at this event with brilliance.
SPEAK TO A FRIEND who knows you can do it. Listen to their reassurances without interrupting with self-putdowns.
ABSTAIN FROM ALCOHOL and caffeine pick-me-ups. Internal butterflies thrive on both and you run the risk of drying up.
GET THERE EARLY and use the extra time to release physical tension by doing simple stretches and deep breathing.