When attending small meetings, our public speaking and presentations will usually be delivered seated.
While there may only be a few people in the room, we can still experience the same symptoms of anxiety as the moment to speak approaches.
Standing up and moving around before public speaking and presentations as we covered in this article will not always be possible in small meetings. Getting up and standing is likely to draw unwanted attention and some stares from those attending.
When you are speaking in this situation, there are still some steps you can take to stretch and loosen up.
Here's how to do it.
- Sit with both feet flat on the floor so that your legs are uncrossed.
- Slowly stretch one of your legs out so that it's straight and your foot is pointing forward.
- Hold it in this position for 2 seconds then, slowly draw it back towards you.
- Place your foot so that it is again flat on the floor.
- Now repeat the process for the other leg.
As this leg stretching exercise will help you feel ready and more relaxed, you can repeat it several times whenever you experience any stress or anxiety.
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