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20 Public Speaking Tips of the Best TED Talks

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complete with tedtalk links!  what a find!

Let’s start with some preparation tips.

Dopamine and epinephrine help regulate mental alertness. Both come from tyrosine, an amino acid found in proteins. So make sure to include protein in the meal you eat before you need to be at your best. And don’t wait until the last minute. When you’re really nervous the last thing you may want to do is eat.

Watch Amy Cuddy on the power of body language:

Burn Off a Little Cortisol

Cortisol is secreted by your adrenal glands when you’re anxious or stressed. High levels of cortisol limit your creativity and your ability to process complex information; when you’re buzzed on cortisol, it’s almost impossible to read and react to the room.

The easiest way to burn off cortisol is to exercise. Work out before you leave for work, take a walk at lunch, or hit the gym before a speaking engagement. (If you’ve ever felt more grounded after slogging through a solid workout you now know why.)

Watch Nilofer Merchant on walking meetings:

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