Watch this talk by Ginni Rometty, the CEO of IBM:
Rometty tells a story that taught her the importance of risk-taking. She explains that sometimes we are so self-critical, that it prevents us from having another experience.
As a speaker, this dynamic is particularly challenging. It is easy to fall into the trap of being so self-critical - and so concerned about what others will think - that you are unable to be in the moment. And being in the moment - being fully present - is the secret to having stage presence.
From the Green Room: Is self-criticism preventing you from being fully present when you speak?
One easy way to break this pattern to take a few moments - right before you get up to speak - and your body into its most confident state. Stand with your feet grounded. Maintain an open posture. Breathe deeply. Smile. Even if you are feeling less than confident, this simple exercise will help quiet your inner-critic so you can be present.