Well, I can certainly identify with my student's feelings, as I used to be terrified of public speaking too. Once, just before I was to be introduced for one of the most important presentations that I have ever given, my friend had to come find me hiding in the ladies room. Her pep talk for me was: "you know more about this than anyone else in the room". This clicked with me. I straightened myself up, splashed water on my face and gave a killer presentation. Thanks, Karen!
This made me realize the anxiety was in fact, insecurity. That as long as I was confident about my work and my knowledge of it, I could deliver a great presentation. I talked about this in a recent interview with Career Intelligence for a great article by Robin Madell. Click below to read the whole article which has great tips for managing nerves of public speaking.
Let's talk about what tricks you use to manage your nerves before public speaking. Leave your ideas on the comments section. Perhaps one of them might help my student give a great presentation at the conference in Rome.