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100 Famous Quotes About Life That Will Inspire You

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100 Famous Quotes About Life That Will Inspire You

Looking for inspirations that can enlighten you and keep you moving forward?

Check out these 100 famous quotes about life that are handpicked by Lifehack’s editor.

1. If you want something you never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.

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    2. Ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.

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      3. She believed she could, so she did.

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        4. I’ll be ok. Just not today.

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          5. Don’t let anyone ever dull your sparkle.

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            6. She is clothed with strength and dignity; She can laugh at the days to come.

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              7. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

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                8. I’m very picky with whom I give my energy to. I prefer to reserve my time, intensity and spirit exclusively to those who reflect sincerity.

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                  9. Don’t waste words on people who deserve your silence. Sometimes the most powerful thing you can say is nothing at all.

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                    10. Sometimes you need to step outside, get some air, and remind yourself of who you are and where you want to be.

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                      11. Never apologise for being sensitive or emotional. Let this be a sign that you’ve got a big heart and aren’t afraid to let others see it. Showing your emotions is a sign of strength.

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                        12 . The 3C’s in Life” Choice, Chance, Change. You must make the choice, to take the chance, if you want anything in life to change.

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                          13. Be strong & courageous. Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged. For the lord your god will be with you wherever you go.

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                            14. In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.

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                              15. One day someone is going to hug you so tight, that all of your broken pieces fit back together.

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                                16. The darkest nights produce the brightest stars

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                                  17. Sometimes the wrong choices bring us to the right places.

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                                    18. You will forever be my always.

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                                      19. Throw me to the wolves and I will return leading the pack.

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                                        20. One of the happiest moments in life is when you find the courage to let go of what you can’t change.

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                                          21. God has placed you where you’re at in this very moment for a reason, remember that and trust he is working everything out!

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                                            22. What ever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy.

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                                              23. You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life.

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                                                24. They laugh at me because I’m different; I laugh at them because they’re all the same.

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                                                  25. An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back the difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.

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                                                    26. Better than I was, more than I am. And all of this happened, by taking your hand.

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                                                      27. I smile like an idiot when I think about you.

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                                                        28. Someone who really loves you sees what a mess you can be, how you can be, how moody you can get, how hard you are to handle, but still wants you.

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                                                          29. I keep o much pain inside myself. I grasp my anger and loneliness and hold it in my chest, It has changed me into something I never meant to be. It has transformed me in a person I do not recognise; but I don’t know how to let it go.

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                                                            30. Positive mind. Positive vibes. Positive life.

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                                                              31. The things you take for granted someone else is praying.

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                                                                32. By the way, I’m wearing the smile you gave me.

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                                                                  33. Stop waiting for Friday, for summer, for someone to fall in love with you, for life. Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it and make the most of the moment you are in now.

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                                                                    34. You are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequence of your choice.

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                                                                      35. A girl’s favorite songs will tell you more about how she feels than her lips ever will.

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                                                                        36. It was rather beautiful: the way he put her insecurities to sleep. The way he dove into her eyes and starved all the fears and tasted all the dreams she kept coiled beneath her bones.

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                                                                          37. Sometimes you meet a person and you just click — you’re comfortable with them, like you’ve known them you whole life, and you don’t have to pretend to be anyone or anything.

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                                                                            38. A.S.A.P always say a prayer

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                                                                              39. I knew who I was this morning but I’ve changed a few times since then.

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                                                                                40. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

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                                                                                  41. Sometimes you just need to distance yourself from people. If they care, they’ll notice. If they don’t you know where you stand.

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                                                                                    42. She acts like summer & walks like rain.

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                                                                                      43. The moment you feel like you have to prove your worth to someone is the moment to absolutely and utterly walk away.

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                                                                                        44. If you know me you know that …

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                                                                                          45. When it rains look for Rainbows. When it’s dark look for Stars.

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                                                                                            46. Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.

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                                                                                              47. When you’re happy you enjoy the music. When you’re sad you understand the lyrics.

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                                                                                                48. Don’t tell me what they said about me, tell me why they were so comfortable to say it around you.

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                                                                                                  49. You hate when people see you cry because you want to be that strong girl. At the same time, though, you hate how nobody notices how torn apart and broken you are.

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                                                                                                    50. You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

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                                                                                                      51. Fear not, …

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                                                                                                        52. Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.

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                                                                                                          53. Why is Monday so far from Friday, and Friday so near to Monday?

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                                                                                                            54. A serious girl, when she finds someone who clams her spirit and quiets her busy thoughts, will love you so fiercely, it will defy even her own logic and reasoning.

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                                                                                                              55. Keep clam and think of the beach.

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                                                                                                                56. Stay humble, work hard, be kind.

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                                                                                                                  57. Just a brunette and a blonde with an unbreakable bond. Best friends forever.

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                                                                                                                    58. Do what you can with what you have where you are.

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                                                                                                                      59. Be a Girl with a mind, a Woman with attitude, and a Lady with class.

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                                                                                                                        60. Collect Moments Not Things.

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                                                                                                                          61. Every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams or wake up and chase them.

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                                                                                                                            62. Don’t cry over the past, it’s gone. Don’t stress about the future, it hasn’t arrived. I live in the present and make it beautiful.

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                                                                                                                              63. Don’t give up now.

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                                                                                                                                64. And I’d choose you; in a hundred lifetimes in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you.

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                                                                                                                                  65. Live in such a way that if someone spoke badly of you no one would believe it.

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                                                                                                                                    66. Good music doesn’t expiration date.

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                                                                                                                                      67. I’m stronger because I had to be, I’m smarter because of my mistakes, happier because of the sadness I’ve know, and now wiser because I learned.

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                                                                                                                                        68. Never apologize for having high standards. People who really want to be in your life will rise up to meet them.

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                                                                                                                                          69. Whenever you find yourself doubting how for you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome.

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                                                                                                                                            70. Why wish upon a star? When You can pray to the one who created it.

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                                                                                                                                              71. Someday, everything will make perfect sense. so for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.

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                                                                                                                                                72. When someone else’s happiness is your happiness that is love.

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                                                                                                                                                  73. She’s standing on a line between giving up & seeing how much more she can take.

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                                                                                                                                                    74. Having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage, not weakness.

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                                                                                                                                                      75. In Our Home…

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                                                                                                                                                        76. How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.

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                                                                                                                                                          77. Don’t worry when I fight with you, worry when I stop because it means there’s nothing left for us to fight for.

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                                                                                                                                                            78. Your mind is a powerful thing. When You fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change.

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                                                                                                                                                              79. You only miss the sun when it starts to snow, only know you love her when you let her go.

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                                                                                                                                                                80. I will walk by faith even when I can not see.

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                                                                                                                                                                  81. Quiet people have the loudest minds.

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                                                                                                                                                                    82. To live will be an awfully big adventure.

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                                                                                                                                                                      83. One of the hardest things to do in life, is letting go of what you thought was real.

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                                                                                                                                                                        84. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.

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                                                                                                                                                                          85. If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.

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                                                                                                                                                                            86. The mot memorable people in life will be the friends who loved you when you weren’t very lovable.

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                                                                                                                                                                              86. If he makes you laugh. Kiss your forehead. Says he’s sorry. Makes an effort. Holds you hand. Works Hard. Attempts to understand you. then, believe it or not, he’s quite perfect.

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                                                                                                                                                                                88. When something goes wrong in your life, just yell “Plot twist!” and move on

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                                                                                                                                                                                  89. Let your faith be bigger than your fear.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    90. When god gives you a “No”, give him a “Thank you”. He was protecting you from less than his best.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      91. The most confused we ever get is when we try to convince our heads of something our hearts know is a lie.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        92. Time decides who you meet in life, your heart decides who you want in your life, and your behaviour decide who stays in your life.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          93. I love you past the moon and the stars, the planets, and the sun wrapped around everything times twenty million, bajillion times infinity! That’s how much I love you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            94. I want to show him that he has not been loved before. I want him to feel with one kiss, how I can make love to his soul for eternity.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              95. You are my sun, my moon, and all of my stars.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                96. The true mark of maturity is when somebody hurts you and you try to understand their situation instead of trying to hurt them back.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  97. I own no explanations for my flaws. I don’t have to justify my mistakes, my past, or my insecurities. I am growing and learning. Let me live.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    98. The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      99. Only those who care about you can hear you when you’re quiet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        100. Apologising doesn’t always mean you’re wrong and the other person is right. It means you values relationship more than your ego.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          101. It’s os amazing when someone comes to your life expecting nothing our of it but suddenly there right in front of you is everything you ever need.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            102. Be who you are not who the world wants you to be.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              103. We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                104. As I look back on my life, I realise that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  105. Delight yourself in the Lord & he will live you the desires of your heart.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    106. Sometimes when things are falling apart they may actually be falling into place.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      107. The moment when you do a Math problem and your answer isn’t even one of the choices.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        108. To love a person is to see all of their magic and to remind them of it when they have forgotten.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          109. It’s hard not to fall in love with someone when they see the mixed up parts of your soul. When they understand the darkest and dustiest corners of your minds. When it’s four a.m. and they call because they know you’re not asleep.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            110. Give it to god and go to sleep.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              111. The greatest thing a father can do for his daughter is to love her mother.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                112. If you don’t know where you want to go, then it doesn’t matter which path you take.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  113. Some see a weed, some see a wish.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You’re standing behind the curtain, just about to make your way on stage to face the many faces half-shrouded in darkness in front of you. As you move towards the spotlight, your body starts to feel heavier with each step. A familiar thump echoes throughout your body – your heartbeat has gone off the charts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Don’t worry, you’re not the only one with glossophobia(also known as speech anxiety or the fear of speaking to large crowds). Sometimes, the anxiety happens long before you even stand on stage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Your body’s defence mechanism responds by causing a part of your brain to release adrenaline into your blood – the same chemical that gets released as if you were being chased by a lion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you overcome your fear of public speaking:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Prepare yourself mentally and physically

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    According to experts, we’re built to display anxiety and to recognize it in others. If your body and mind are anxious, your audience will notice. Hence, it’s important to prepare yourself before the big show so that you arrive on stage confident, collected and ready.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “Your outside world is a reflection of your inside world. What goes on in the inside, shows on the outside.” – Bob Proctor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Exercising lightly before a presentation helps get your blood circulating and sends oxygen to the brain. Mental exercises, on the other hand, can help calm the mind and nerves. Here are some useful ways to calm your racing heart when you start to feel the butterflies in your stomach:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you’re nervous, chances are your body will feel the same way. Your body gets tense, your muscles feel tight or you’re breaking in cold sweat. The audience will notice you are nervous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you observe that this is exactly what is happening to you minutes before a speech, do a couple of stretches to loosen and relax your body. It’s better to warm up before every speech as it helps to increase the functional potential of the body as a whole. Not only that, it increases muscle efficiency, improves reaction time and your movements.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Here are some exercises to loosen up your body before show time:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Neck and shoulder rolls – This helps relieve upper body muscle tension and pressure as the rolls focus on rotating the head and shoulders, loosening the muscle. Stress and anxiety can make us rigid within this area which can make you feel agitated, especially when standing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Arm stretches – We often use this part of our muscles during a speech or presentation through our hand gestures and movements. Stretching these muscles can reduce arm fatigue, loosen you up and improve your body language range.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Waist twists – Place your hands on your hips and rotate your waist in a circular motion. This exercise focuses on loosening the abdominal and lower back regions which is essential as it can cause discomfort and pain, further amplifying any anxieties you may experience.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Stay hydrated

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ever felt parched seconds before speaking? And then coming up on stage sounding raspy and scratchy in front of the audience? This happens because the adrenaline from stage fright causes your mouth to feel dried out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    To prevent all that, it’s essential we stay adequately hydrated before a speech. A sip of water will do the trick. However, do drink in moderation so that you won’t need to go to the bathroom constantly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Try to avoid sugary beverages and caffeine, since it’s a diuretic – meaning you’ll feel thirstier. It will also amplify your anxiety which prevents you from speaking smoothly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Meditate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Meditation is well-known as a powerful tool to calm the mind. ABC’s Dan Harris, co-anchor of Nightline and Good Morning America weekend and author of the book titled10% Happier , recommends that meditation can help individuals to feel significantly calmer, faster.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Meditation is like a workout for your mind. It gives you the strength and focus to filter out the negativity and distractions with words of encouragement, confidence and strength.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mindfulness meditation, in particular, is a popular method to calm yourself before going up on the big stage. The practice involves sitting comfortably, focusing on your breathing and then bringing your mind’s attention to the present without drifting into concerns about the past or future – which likely includes floundering on stage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Here’s a nice example of guided meditation before public speaking:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Focus on your goal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    One thing people with a fear of public speaking have in common is focusing too much on themselves and the possibility of failure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Do I look funny? What if I can’t remember what to say? Do I look stupid? Will people listen to me? Does anyone care about what I’m talking about?’

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Instead of thinking this way, shift your attention to your one true purpose – contributing something of value to your audience.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Decide on the progress you’d like your audience to make after your presentation. Notice their movements and expressions to adapt your speech to ensure that they are having a good time to leave the room as better people.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If your own focus isn’t beneficial and what it should be when you’re speaking, then shift it to what does. This is also key to establishing trust during your presentation as the audience can clearly see that you have their interests at heart.[1]

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Convert negativity to positivity

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There are two sides constantly battling inside of us – one is filled with strength and courage while the other is doubt and insecurities. Which one will you feed?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ‘What if I mess up this speech? What if I’m not funny enough? What if I forget what to say?’

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It’s no wonder why many of us are uncomfortable giving a presentation. All we do is bring ourselves down before we got a chance to prove ourselves. This is also known as a self-fulfilling prophecy – a belief that comes true because we are acting as if it already is. If you think you’re incompetent, then it will eventually become true.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Motivational coaches tout that positive mantras and affirmations tend to boost your confidents for the moments that matter most. Say to yourself: “I’ll ace this speech and I can do it!”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Take advantage of your adrenaline rush to encourage positive outcome rather than thinking of the negative ‘what ifs’.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Here’s a video of Psychologist Kelly McGonigal who encourages her audience to turn stress into something positive as well as provide methods on how to cope with it:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4. Understand your content

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Knowing your content at your fingertips helps reduce your anxiety because there is one less thing to worry about. One way to get there is to practice numerous times before your actual speech.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    However, memorizing your script word-for-word is not encouraged. You can end up freezing should you forget something. You’ll also risk sounding unnatural and less approachable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “No amount of reading or memorizing will make you successful in life. It is the understanding and the application of wise thought that counts.” – Bob Proctor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Many people unconsciously make the mistake of reading from their slides or memorizing their script word-for-word without understanding their content – a definite way to stress themselves out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Understanding your speech flow and content makes it easier for you to convert ideas and concepts into your own words which you can then clearly explain to others in a conversational manner. Designing your slides to include text prompts is also an easy hack to ensure you get to quickly recall your flow when your mind goes blank.[2]

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    One way to understand is to memorize the over-arching concepts or ideas in your pitch. It helps you speak more naturally and let your personality shine through. It’s almost like taking your audience on a journey with a few key milestones.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5. Practice makes perfect

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Like most people, many of us are not naturally attuned to public speaking. Rarely do individuals walk up to a large audience and present flawlessly without any research and preparation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In fact, some of the top presenters make it look easy during showtime because they have spent countless hours behind-the-scenes in deep practice. Even great speakers like the late John F. Kennedy would spend months preparing his speech beforehand.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Public speaking, like any other skill, requires practice – whether it be practicing your speech countless of times in front of a mirror or making notes. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    6. Be authentic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There’s nothing wrong with feeling stressed before going up to speak in front of an audience.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Many people fear public speaking because they fear others will judge them for showing their true, vulnerable self. However, vulnerability can sometimes help you come across as more authentic and relatable as a speaker.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Drop the pretence of trying to act or speak like someone else and you’ll find that it’s worth the risk. You become more genuine, flexible and spontaneous, which makes it easier to handle unpredictable situations – whether it’s getting tough questions from the crowd or experiencing an unexpected technical difficulty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    To find out your authentic style of speaking is easy. Just pick a topic or issue you are passionate about and discuss this like you normally would with a close family or friend. It is like having a conversation with someone in a personal one-to-one setting. A great way to do this on stage is to select a random audience member(with a hopefully calming face) and speak to a single person at a time during your speech. You’ll find that it’s easier trying to connect to one person at a time than a whole room.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    With that said, being comfortable enough to be yourself in front of others may take a little time and some experience, depending how comfortable you are with being yourself in front of others. But once you embrace it, stage fright will not be as intimidating as you initially thought.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Presenters like Barack Obama are a prime example of a genuine and passionate speaker:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    7. Post speech evaluation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Last but not the least, if you’ve done public speaking and have been scarred from a bad experience, try seeing it as a lesson learned to improve yourself as a speaker.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Don’t beat yourself up after a presentation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We are the hardest on ourselves and it’s good to be. But when you finish delivering your speech or presentation, give yourself some recognition and a pat on the back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You managed to finish whatever you had to do and did not give up. You did not let your fears and insecurities get to you. Take a little more pride in your work and believe in yourself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Improve your next speech

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As mentioned before, practice does make perfect. If you want to improve your public speaking skills, try asking someone to film you during a speech or presentation. Afterwards, watch and observe what you can do to improve yourself next time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Here are some questions you can ask yourself after every speech:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • How did I do?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Are there any areas for improvement?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Did I sound or look stressed?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Did I stumble on my words? Why?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Was I saying “um” too often?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • How was the flow of the speech?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Write everything you observed down and keep practicing and improving. In time, you’ll be able to better manage your fears of public speaking and appear more confident when it counts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you want even more tips about public speaking or delivering a great presentation, check out these articles too:

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