Running an online business from home is every introvert’s dream… until you get asked to speak on a podcast or IG live.
Let’s be real–if you want your business to reach more people, being a guest speaker is going to have to happen at some point!
So how do you handle anxiety before guest speaking online?
I recently got asked to speak in a mastermind and I happen to be the most anxious person in the world (well, that’s what my anxiety tells me at least). No joke, my face turns tomato red when I’m nervous.
In hopes that this will help another anxious introvert like me out there, I’m sharing what I did to handle anxiety before speaking in the mastermind. These tips can work for podcast interviews, IG lives, Facebook lives, and even Zoom calls!
Oh. I should also mention that the mastermind was a success, and according to the host, I did amazing!
Talk to yourself
Yep. I said what I said–Take the time to talk to yourself.
You need to understand that the audience listening doesn’t want you to mess up. They’re just there to learn. Make yourself excited to share what you know with them.
Remind yourself that you’re a badass and you’ve got what it takes.
If it’s your first time speaking, know that once you get it done, it’s only going to get easier from there.
The best way to handle anxiety before speaking on a live, podcast, or mastermind is to be prepared!
If you have a presentation, or you know the questions you’ll be asked, go over it until you feel confident about the topic.
Also, make sure to clear out your schedule on the day you speak!
It needs to be a mental health day.
I only recently started breathwork, but so far its been the most powerful tool for calming my anxiety.
Starting your day with breathwork will make a huge difference in your life.
And the best part?
You can use breathwork for all kinds of things! Energy, confidence, anxiety…you name it! There’s a breathing exercise for it.
When you’re anxious, your breathing becomes shallow. You can influence that anxiousness simply by changing the way you breathe.
Make sure to do breathwork at least twice on the day of your mastermind, podcast interview, or live. Once in the morning and once right before you speak.
I love doing Wim Hof breathing exercises because there’s a lot of science behind it.
If you have severe anxiety like me, take my word for it. Breathwork will change your life for the better.
Once you’re done doing your first breathing exercise in the morning, get comfortable and close your eyes.
Visualize and feel how you want your podcast, live, or mastermind to go.
Visualize the audience smiling and getting value from what you’re teaching.
Feel confident, accomplished, and excited that it went so well!
Anxiety comes from fear of the unknown. By using this manifesting technique, you take control of your reality and have 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 and after I spoke on 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.
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.
While there aren’t enough studies to show that cold showers help with anxiety, they do help boost your mood!
I first learned about cold showers from Wim Hof. (The same person who teaches breathing exercises)
He refers to taking cold showers as “hardening.”
The purpose of hardening is to get your nervous system used to handling stress. According to Wim Hof and his studies, hardening will help you keep a cool head in stressful situations.
I hate everything about being cold, but I do hate anxiety more.
I went ahead and took a cold shower on the day of my mastermind, and I felt amazing after!
If you hate the cold like me, start the shower with warm water and keep making it cooler.
How to Handle Anxiety Before Speaking on a Live, Podcast, or Mastermind
Living with anxiety is tough.
I’m sorry that you have to go through it, but just know you’re not alone.
Good luck! You’re badass, an expert, and you got this.
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!