If its possible, before I give a talk I try to go and sit in a bathroom.
Hopefully I’m alone as I start with a few deep breaths and then meditate for a few minutes.
With my mind clear, I open my eyes and say, “I’m excited.”
Because even though I did a short meditation, public speaking, whether it’s 5 people or 500 does create a little bit of anxiety. It’s a very vulnerable state. We’re opening ourselves up for criticism, ridicule, and possible embarrassment.