How to Calm Your Nerves When Speaking in Public with Colin Boyd


How to Calm Your Nerves When Speaking in Public is a short and insightful video giving you the mental tools to speak confidently in public.

I want to share with you 3 big ideas that have been helpful for me and a lot of my clients in calming their nerves when speaking in public.

I don’t know about you, but coming into a presentation, I still get a little bit nervous. And most people I speak with when I run my trainings like ‘Present with Confidence’ get quite nervous when they speak in public. I think nerves and stress are kind of like a pressure gauge — you have to get the right pressure internally so that you present at your best. When it’s too low and you’re too relaxed, you won’t be ‘on’ enough. If you’re too highly stressed, you’ll get up in front of people and freak out or forget what you’re about to say.

Have you ever been in front of an audience and just freaked out? I’ve had a few moments speaking in public and my body literally started shaking. I was holding the microphone and my left hand, which was shaking so much, that I had to grab it with the right hand to stop the shaking. So, how do we manage your nerves in these moments?

Here are 3 ideas:

1. Meet and greet. When you first arrive at the venue you must meet and greet people. Go up and say hello to them. You’ll notice they’re just normal people. They’re just humans, like you and me. I think this normalises the process of speaking in public. The audience then becomes as less scary.

2. Get present. Rather than having a whole lot of content in your head and thinking about all the things that might go wrong, you need to get present in your body. One way to do that is to take 2 or 3 deep breaths. Take a deep breath in and breathe out. Get back in your body. Wiggle your toes. Don’t think about everything you want to say — all I think about is the first sentence I want to share in my speech.

3. Focus on contribution. Find something within your presentation that is meaningful. The presentation becomes bigger than just making it about you; it becomes about transferring value and meaning. Even if you’re talking about a spreadsheet, think about what’s the one thing that is meaningful for the audience in this spreadsheet. How can you transfer meaning? That builds confidence and conviction in your presentation.

That’s today’s tip.

I’ve got a question for you: What’s been most helpful for you in this newsletter? Why don’t you write it in the comments below; I’d love to hear from you.

Look forward to speaking to you soon. Look after yourself.

Colin Boyd
High-Performance Leadership Expert


  1. Great video. Your presentation tone is calm, reassuring and uplifting. And your pace is measured but not too fast – which helps if the person watching the video is nervous already! I've recommended this in my train-the-trainer sessions. Nice work.

  2. The meet-and-greet definitely works I was kind of wondering what made me relaxed before I started to construct thank you for bringing that to light God bless you

  3. i really liked ur first and greet . i think you told me the best advice possible. thank you gentlemen. now i will apply this in my speech..

  4. Hey Colin super tips.. Its exactly what happens when one is nervous during public speaking.. Great Job…simple and impactful

  5. Same thing happened at a elocution. I had practiced it so many times, it just flowed out, but, my hands were shaking like hell, and my voice was cracking.

  6. There's actually a psychological study by Yerkes-Dodson…they coined the Yerkes-Dodson Law which states that there is a optimal level of stress needed!

  7. During my high school days we had a speech to do in front of the class my hands were shaking so bad that all the palm cards were flying out of my hands

  8. LOVED the contribution part! The part that will add value. Get an emotional connection. Who doesn't love that, right? Get 'em right in the heart!


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