Public speaking can be nerve-racking. Even if you have notes, memorising your opening can reduce your anxiety and let your presentation flow better.
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Over at Business Insider, they interviewed communications coach Danielle Price. Price suggests a fully rehearsed opening to control your jitters:
Memorise your opening. The beginning of the presentation often carries a rush of adrenaline. Learn your first few sentences so well you don't have to think about it. "This empowers you to start strong and make a confident first impression despite nervousness," says Price.
Check out the link for other ways to reduce your anxiety before public speaking:
11 Tips for Calming Your Nerves Before a Big Presentation [Business Insider]