WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2016-2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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22 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 one Divert the Attention Having everyone's eyeballs focused on you can get your heart racing and your face flushing. So if you can divert those eyes to someone or something else, you can give yourself a moment to catch your breath and calm yourself down. Try posing a question to your audience to put them in the hot seat. Use slides or visuals to give people something to look at besides you. Or involve your audience in a game where they have to check under their seat— just to get their eyes off of you if only for a few seconds. two Breathe Taking a deep breath from your diaphragm to calm yourself down isn't just something you do in yoga — it can help keep anxiety at bay when you're in front of a group. When you fill your lungs with air from deep down, your blood vessels dilate. This slows your pulse and relaxes your mus- cles to minimize that "fight or flight" syndrome caused by the adrenaline rush of public speaking. After a few min- utes, you'll feel calmer and things will get easier. But keep breathing! three Know You're the Expert There's a reason you're speaking. It's because you know something that someone else wants you to share. Maybe you know about pre-Columbian art, or the benefits of the Mediterranean diet, or all about the teenage psyche. Whatever it is, your job is to enlighten others about your point of view and experience, even if you're terrified. So be confident. No one's out there giving you a test. They're genuinely interested in what you have to say. four Remember the Five Ps Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance. While prac- ticing and preparation hold true for any skill, it's even more For many of us, speaking in front of a crowd is one of our biggest fears. Yet, chances are, you will give a presentation or a speech at some point in your life. While imagining the audience in their underwear may have worked for Marcia Brady, that tactic doesn't work for most of us. But you don't have to tremble with fear at the thought of facing a crowd either. Here are ten ideas for not only surviving public speaking but maybe even enjoying it. 10 tips for … PAT T Y L E N Z B O V I E WRITER ( B E T T E R P U B L I C S P E A K I N G ) M E D I A B A K E R Y

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