20 Public Speaking Tips of the Best TED Talks

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Establish a Pre-Routine

Superstitions are an attempt to “control” something we’re afraid of. (Lucky socks don’t make an athlete perform better.) Instead of creating a superstition, create a routine that helps center you emotionally. Walk the room ahead of time to check sight lines. Check microphone levels. Run through your presentation at the site to ensure it’s ready to go. Pick things to do that are actually beneficial and do them every time. You’ll find comfort in the familiar—and confidence, too.
Watch Daniel Pink on motivation.