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Overcome Stage Fright with a Storyboard and a Structured Format

Melanie Pinola, Gawker Media

Overcome Stage Fright with a Storyboard and a Structured Format

Speaking in public can be nerve-wracking for anyone. If you want to become more comfortable when you have to present or give a talk to a crowd, fully prepare for it with a few tips from Mikael Cho, co-founder of ooomf.

In his post about the science of stage fright, Cho details the four steps you can take to get over those jitters. The first part, preparation, is key. About a week before the presentation, Cho draws out a storyboard of the slides. This, he says, makes him more comfortable that he's got all the major points covered (and I think this could also help visualize the flow of the talk or presentation).

He also structures the talk with a "point, example, point" format like Tim Ferriss uses:

introduction

main topic 1

point

example (something unique from my experience)

point (with key actionable take away)

main topic 2

point

example (something unique from my experience)

point (with key actionable take away)

conclusion

Formatting your talk in this "point, example, point" format not only helps you visualize your entire presentation but also allows you to think deeply about the subject matter you're covering so you don't leave your audience wanting more.

These two strategies-along with practicing the presentation at least 10 times-can help you feel more confident in the material, which in turn will help you feel more comfortable on stage.

Hit up the link below for the other stage-fright-battling suggestions.

How to cure stage fright: The science of public speaking. | ooomf

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