Four tips for overcoming stage fright in the lab: Opinion

In an article for Nature, Kwabena Boahen Asare (Dartmouth College) discusses his experience contending with his fear of public speaking after joining a research laboratory that required monthly meetings and presentations. Asare outlines four strategies that worked for him: Participating in deep breathing before a presentation, focusing on the core concepts of the presentation as opposed to the audience, seeking out honest feedback, and rehearsing multiple times before the meeting. “Each presentation, regardless of how frightening it might have been, served as a stepping stone to overcoming my stage fright and becoming a more confident speaker,” concludes Asare.