Emma Gannon

Author & Broadcaster

A Letter to my younger self,

Feeling nervous can feel HORRIBLE. Sweaty palms, heart beating out of your chest, dry mouth, shaky hands. But you can do this! Public speaking is something that becomes easier the more you do it, so you are taking the first step in putting yourself out there, and you will thank yourself for taking the plunge into the unknown so early on in your career. One day it will become so natural to you and you will feel at home on a stage, just like you did in your drama classes at school.People say to “imagine the audience in their underwear” to get rid of nerves but the truth is you just need to imagine that the audience are there to support you, which they are. Look out at the friendly faces and believe you can do this. Do the Wonder Woman pose for two minutes backstage (hands on hips, feet slightly apart), and tell yourself nice things.

Emma Gannon  
 Be your own friend. Being nervous and being excited are very similar feelings, so try and channel that excitement. You’ve got this.
 
Emma x 

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