6 Public Speaking Tips for People with Psoriasis
Whether it’s a work presentation, a speech, or a wedding toast, public speaking can be nerve-racking. It’s normal to feel anxious when speaking in front of a group of people, with or without visible plaques. But psoriasis can add an extra level of worry to an already stressful situation. In fact, in survey data published in the journal PLoS One, 89 percent of people with psoriasis reported self-consciousness. If you’re not feeling completely confident in your appearance or your public-speaking skills, you’re not alone. The good news is that there are some things you can do to boost your confidence and deliver an impressive speech.
1. Prepare Your Material
If you’ve been asked to speak in front of a crowd, it’s because people believe you have worthy information to convey. Whether the subject of your presentation is quarterly earnings or how happy you are for the newlywed couple, you likely know the subject matter well, and your talk should rely heavily on content.
Start by making a list of the most important information you want your audience to come away with. Then, think like a writer and organize that information into a compelling narrative. Your speech should have an overarching idea and a series of examples supporting that idea. Choose a way to organize those examples, such as time (chronological order) or importance (ascending or descending). You’ll always feel more confident when you’ve properly planned and prepped.