It's week 2 of our cheeky blog series:
and it's time to talk about our pre-speaking warm up!
I'll be doing a video series demoing some of my favorite physical and vocal warm-ups down the line, but today we gotta talk about an essential and too often skipped step of the process...
Who's ready for a pre-speaking mini-meditation?!
WAIT, WAIT, DON’T SKIP THIS PART!
I promise I’m not going to suggest a daily hour-long transcendental meditation practice.
(Although, if you’re into that, by all means go nuts!)
Look, I know that slowing down and focusing on your breath is probably the last thing you feel like doing when those pterodactyls are flapping around in your belly. (Some people talk about butterflies in the stomach, but I think pterodactyls are a more accurate description.)
But at this point, the scientific benefits of meditation when it comes to anxiety and performance are pretty undeniable.
So let’s talk about a 5-minute meditation(ish) practice you can do before setting foot on stage to calm down your nervous system.
STEP 1: Find you feet
STEP 2: Focus on Your Breath
STEP 3: Assess/Release Tension
Public speaking is both a physical and mental game.
Taking 5 minutes to connect to your body and breath before you take the stage will allow you more vocal freedom on a purely technical level, and a greater sense of calm on an emotional level.
Take 5 to calm that monkey mind so you can take the stage loud and proud!
That’s it for today! Tune in next week to find out how to “game-ify” your talk.
Full disclosure: this is probably my favorite tip of all, so brace yourself for some enthusiasm.
Sara Glancy is an NYC-based actor and public speaking coach and the founder of Actors Touch Speaking, a service that helps non-performers take the stage with the confidence of a professional actor!
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