I used to get really nervous in public speaking situations and would freeze forgetting what to say. That doesn’t happen to me anymore; here are my top tips for doing your best when giving a speech.

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Jade Joddle is an accent trainer and English teacher. She teaches her non-native speaker clients to Speak Well in English so that they thrive and succeed.


  1. I take a propanolol pill several hours before a major speaking event. Do it only when needed.

  2. Bénédicte Feery Reply

    I could use your tips for a lot of my relationships with people ! Thanks.

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  3. Thanks for the tips! I’m an introvert and have always been nervous speaking in front of people I don’t know. I have gotten much better at it simply because at my last job, I was made a manager and had to speak a lot, both to the team I was managing as well as to the ‘suits’ on my level or above me. Interestingly one of the ways I found to cope was to tell myself something like ‘I’ll show them what I can do!’, almost as a challenge to myself. This took the focus off of the voice saying ‘what if they think I’m rubbish?’ and helped a lot. It’s basically the same as you’ve said here, which makes me feel better too because you’re an interesting speaker. I really like your shirt by the way –totally unrelated, I know 🙂

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