Kleenex, we need Kleenex!
That was the scene at my niece Katie and her husband Chris’ wedding this past Saturday.
That is a scene that is played out at many weddings throughout the year.
When a member of the wedding party is telling the happy couple how much their love inspires them.
When a parent is telling their child how much they are proud of them.
When a father is welcoming his new son or daughter-in- law into the family.
The scene is one charged with emotions.
So what do you do when the tears well up inside and you find yourself grabbing for a tissue?
1. First off you need to realize that this is normal. Don’t be embarrassed by this release of emotions.
2. Take a step back and breathe. Taking this moment to collect yourself will help you regain the control you need to move on. Also a deep breath will help get more oxygen to your brain, which will in turn help you think more clearly.
3. Go back an pick up from where you left off. Remember that this heart-felt message that you are delivering is important and that your recipient (along with the audience) will appreciate it.
So, don’t be embarrassed, step back and collect yourself and continue and you will touch the heart and connect with your audience, whether that audience is a hundred or just that one person. You will both be glad you did.
Also, if you are nervous about public speaking like almost everyone on the planet. Try to approach your speech like you are just talking one-on-one with that person.