There's some great tips here from content marketing legend Gary Vaynerchuck here, always entertaining and straight to the point.
Here's the top 3:
- Stick to what you know
- Walk into the room with humility
- Communicate the way you're most comfortable with communicating.
The thing is, if you're panicked about doing public speaking, little seems obvious in those few minutes before you go on.
Keep these top 3 points on a card near you and see if it helps.
If I were to add anything to this, that I've found helpful, it's this:
- nobody in the audience wants you to fail, they want you to do well. Why wouldn't they?
The single biggest reason people are concerned about public speaking is because they worry what other people think of them. The quicker you start learning how to fix that issue and be comfortable with yourself, you become a much better public speaker. Heck, you’ll become a much better and happier human being.