You know the feeling right when you get up to speak and your mouth feels so dry you feel as though you’re in the middle of the Sahara desert? You know logically you are in the conference room so perhaps someone has turned the heating up to full? Why is your mouth so dry? Why are your lips almost stuck together? The idea of speaking is impossible without drinking a gallon of water first!
You are a professional, you know your stuff so why do you get such a dry mouth before speaking and how can you get rid of it?
When you get stressed or anxious your body thinks you are in danger and reacts in a physical way – your heart rate increases and blood pressure goes up which leads to a constricting of blood vessels and a drying up of mucous membranes in the eyes and mouth. Hormones like Adrenaline are released and your body responds with all sorts of physical reactions which is great if you are just about to get into a physical fight. BUT because public speaking isn’t actually a physical threat, these symptoms like dry mouth and a racing heart can actually hinder rather than help the situation.
So how can you get rid of your dry mouth? Well if public speaking nerves are the cause of your dry mouth then long-term you need to overcome your nerves. (I hope you haven’t read this far in the blog waiting for me to tell you to have a bottle of water handy!) People believe that being nervous is something that is not possible to overcome – but we believe you can.
We teach people to how to Tame Public Speaking Monkeys – those unconscious voices of doubt that let you know it’s time to get nervous and start the physical chain reaction. Stop the reaction from starting in the first place, stop the downward spiral of symptoms and no more dry mouth (or other public speaking speech anxiety symptoms).