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How to Work with Your Anxiety Before Speaking on a Podcast, Live, or Mastermind

Running an online business from home might sound like every introvert’s dream… until you get asked to speak on a podcast, Instagram Live, or mastermind.

Let’s be real–if you want your business to reach more people, being a guest speaker can have its benefits!

While you don’t HAVE to speak online in order to have a successful business, it might be something you want to try.

So how can you handle anxiety if you decide to speak online?

I recently got asked to speak in a mastermind, and my first reaction was straight panic. I hate speaking in front of people. When too many eyes look at me at once, my face turns bright red. (Not an overreaction. I know it because people point it out every time, which gives me even more anxiety.)

But there was something inside of me that wanted to try it at least once, so I accepted the gig.

Everyone’s experience with anxiety is different. If you have no desire to speak online because it will affect your mental health, there’s nothing wrong with declining the offer! That’s the beauty of being a business owner. You get to decide what kind of work you do.

Quick disclaimer–I am not a mental health professional. When I got asked to speak in this mastermind, I tried some things that I heard would help with my anxiety. While they did work for me, they might not work for everyone. I’m writing this post to share my experience because I know this topic can potentially help others.

The mastermind did turn out to be a success for me, and according to the host, I did an amazing job. If you decide to try out these tips, they can be used for masterminds, podcast interviews, IG Lives, and even Zoom calls!



how to handle anxiety before speaking on a live, podcast, or mastermind


Ground yourself

One thing that helped me was getting grounded and taking the time to really talk to myself. If you want, you can also journal.

I helped myself understand that the audience I was going to speak to didn’t want me to mess up or see my face turn red. They were attending simply to learn.

This helped me get excited to share my knowledge with them. I tuned into my inner Kelly Kapoor and reminded myself I was THE Business Bitch.

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Be prepared

The best way to handle anxiety before speaking online is to be prepared.

If you have a presentation or know the questions you’ll be asked, go over it until you feel confident about the topic.

I also made sure to clear out my schedule on the day of the mastermind so it could be my main focus.

Breathwork

breathwork

I know, I know. Everyone recommends breathwork these days.

(If you don’t feel comfortable doing breathwork, that’s totally fine, and there’s nothing to be ashamed of. You can skip over this section.)

When I told a friend that I was nervous about the mastermind, she suggested Wim Hof breathing, so I tried it out!

It worked amazing for me and really helped put me in a good mood. I did it once in the morning and once right before the mastermind.

While there is some science to Wim Hof breathing, there are also some claims that aren’t true. Wim Hof breathing does not cure stress, depression, disease, or boost the immune system. All benefits are short-term.

I actually just listened to a four-episode podcast series where the hosts tried out The Wim Hof Method for themselves and debunked some of the science. If you want to learn more, you can listen to it here!

My conclusion with Wim Hof breathing: Wim Hof breathing doesn’t cure anxiety or help with it long-term, but it can help put you in a better mood for a short amount of time. This helped me feel more confident and excited during the mastermind.

Manifest

A lot of the time, anxiety is fear of the unknown.

I had a lot of anxiety around the thought of messing up or how the audience would react to me.

So, I decided to “manifest” what I wanted to happen.

I got comfortable, closed my eyes, and visualized how I wanted the mastermind to go. I imagined the audience smiling and getting value from what I was teaching. While I visualized this, I allowed myself to feel confident, accomplished, and happy that it went so well.

Try to think of it as a technique that can support you in taking control of your reality and having a better idea of how to bring it to life.

Be active/Go outside

I made sure to go on a long walk outside before I spoke in the mastermind. I even do this when I’m just getting on a Zoom call!

My anxiety can get so bad that I’m unable to think clearly. Surrounding myself in nature, breathing in the fresh air, and moving my body always helps me think clearer.

CBD

CBD

Honestly, I couldn’t tell a huge difference when I took CBD for the first time.

But after taking it for a few months now, I have noticed an improvement in my anxiety.

CBD has become huge in the last few years, so make sure you do your research before purchasing it because there have been companies known for falsely labeling their CBD products.

Personally, I love using CBD oil. I take it at least 30 minutes before getting on a Zoom call or guest speaking.

How to Handle Anxiety Before Speaking on a Live, Podcast, or Mastermind

Living with anxiety isn’t easy. A lot of people don’t understand how much it can affect our daily lives and decisions.

While these tips can help, I always encourage getting help and speaking with a mental health professional.

In the meantime, remember: There’s nothing wrong with having anxiety, and you don’t need to “fix” it. By learning how to work with it instead, we can help improve our quality of life.

Have any more tips on how to handle anxiety before a mastermind, live, or podcast? Let me know in the comments so we can continue helping others!

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