Aug 262014
 

Credit BBC.co.uk “The Speaker”

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Westlife singer Nicky Byrne admitted that he too gets nervous before facing a crowd.

“Nerves and butterflies in your stomach, it’s something that everyone will always get. To what extreme is the key, you’ve got to be able to control them.”

“The more you do it, the easier it becomes” Nicky told us, advising would-be speakers to build confidence piece by piece, to ‘progress slowly’.

“People say ‘I can’t'… You always can. It’s just about doing it once, even if doing it once is into the mirror on your own. Then you progress it slowly to the next stage, where it might be five times in front of the mirror, then to somebody else in the room.”

But perhaps the biggest asset a speaker can have is humility: “Sometimes people are afraid to embarrass themselves,” Nicky went on to say.

“That will always happen in life, no matter what you do, you’re going to put your foot in it, do something stupid and everyone around you is going to laugh… You’ve got to learn to take those on the chin”.

Even seasoned performers like Westlife sometimes get it wrong on stage. So what’s the key to success? “If you’re relaxed with it – no one’s perfect, so just laugh along and move onto the next bit.”

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