This week I'll be presenting at a conference. Wanna know my secret to public speaking?
Pretend you're having fun until you start having fun. Audiences don't need polish as much as they want you to be your authentic self. They want to connect with you and know you see them.
I trained soldiers for 35 years. My philosophy has always been "once you can fake confidence the rest is easy" You, yes I think you are right on My Friend.
There has been, over the decades, those that advocated visualizing your audience named... but when I tried that the mike cord got tangled up on my erection, it poked into the podium and I lost my train of thought.
Other people's mileage with that technique may vary I suspect.
These great advice. I got over my fear of public speaking by volunteering to do presentations for new hires where I work. When I got more comfortable I took a course to do safety presentations as well. I am still uncomfortable, but even so I'm smiling and joking.