Though the bride is not traditionally one to give a speech at the wedding reception, this tradition has done an about face in recent years. It has basically become a given that you will take the floor at your party to say thanks and raise a glass to family and friends. That said, public speaking is probably in the top three phobias of most people on the planet. Believe it or not, getting butterflies in your stomach, a lump in your throat, sweaty palms and a racing heart is common for most people.
A large part of my job involves public speaking—in meetings, on radio and television shows (this picture is a shot from me on CHCH Morning in Hamilton last month)—and over the years I’ve found a few things that help calm my jitters. Practice really is the key to perfecting the art of public speaking, but there are a few other tips I have learned along the way to put anxious nerves at ease.
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