Fear is one of the most common problems of speakers. But, you can overcome fear by familiarity. Think about it. Familiarity gives you confidence, which in turn make you less nervous. So, here are what you should do to be familiar with the talk:
- Practice at least 3 times with someone who can give you feedback.
- Try to have a conversation with your audience. Memorize your introduction. You can keep an outline in your pocket for a peace of mind. But, avoid memorizing or reading script. Do not pick up the script unless you are really desperate.
- Arrive early to get familiar with the environment. Test everything, and run through your slides. Walk the stage. Plan how you will move around the stage. Adjust the setting, if you can. Talk to people. Build up rapport with your audience. You might even get a story to use in your talk.
- Empty your pocket before getting on the stage.
- Be cool. Slow down you pace. Use pauses to get more time to breathe.