Prince Harry admitted this week that he gets ‘incredibly nervous before public speaking, no matter how big the crowd or the audience’. Harry show his human side also underlines a fear that many of us have – public speaking.
So what’s the secret to success? Usually we are at our most nervous at the very beginning of a speech, so here are some practical ways to conquer your nerves head-on.
1. Push a wall
Before you give your speech, find somewhere where you can be alone for a couple of minutes and stand and face a wall. Place both hands on the wall about shoulder height and push really hard, as if you’re trying to push the wall a couple of metres. After pushing, stand normally and try speaking out loud. See how much more relaxed your voice sounds.