Worst. Speaking Advice. EVER.

Please...Don't picture the audience in their underwear. 

I’m not sure where that advice initially came from, but I guarantee you there are more effective (and less creepy) ways to calm your public speaking nerves.

How do I know? I’m an actor.  

Hi, I’m Sara Glancy, founder of Speak Masterfully. I received a BFA from NYU Tisch School for the Arts in Making a Fool of Myself in Public. (Okay, it was in Drama, but those are basically the same thing.)

And here’s something that might surprise you:

Even after 5 years touring and performing Off-Broadway, I STILL get nervous before stepping onstage.

Yep. Like clockwork, the curtain rises, the heart-rate quickens, and the butterflies flap.

In fact, most actors get pre-show jitters. You learn to get comfy with those nerves and let it fuel rather than derail your performance.

But here’s something that surprised ME:

The first time I stepped onstage as an entrepreneur was 100x scarier.

I expected butterflies in the stomach—what I got was pterodactyls.

Stepping on stage as a character is relatively easy. Stepping on stage as your authentic self is incredibly vulnerable.

Fortunately, I had a toolbox of acting techniques I’d collected over the years that allowed me to tame the pterodactyls and take the stage with confidence.

And I've consolidated 5 of my favorite strategies for calming my nerves pre-speaking engagement into this handy-dandy guide...


You can grab your free copy at this link

(SPOILER ALERT: Tip #4 involves Beyoncé. I won't tell you how though, because I believe in creating dramatic tension....)

I'll be breaking down each of these Speak Masterfully tips in the coming weeks, so make sure to stay tuned! 



Sara Glancy is an NYC-based actor and public speaking coach and the founder of Speak Masterfully, a service that helps non-performers take the stage with the confidence of a professional actor! 

Ready to take the stage with less fear and more fun? 

Download your free copy of "Don't Picture Them in Their Underwear: 5 Uncreepy strategies to Calm Yourself Before Public Speaking" here!

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