It’s your turn to talk, but suddenly your mouth has no saliva. Your tongue feels like a piece of wood in your mouth and it’s very tough to talk clearly. You have experienced symptoms of a dry mouth.

What Causes a Dry Mouth?

Generally, a dry mouth is caused by either a medical/physical condition or is a symptom of stage fright, social anxiety or fear of public speaking. Check with your doctor if you believe you have a medical or physical condition.

 If you only get a dry mouth when you are about to speak, likely its caused by speaking nervousness or anxiety. Suddenly we find our saliva glands are not working and our mouth feels dry.

Every speaker has gone through it at times. Experienced speakers know how to prevent a dry mouth and often use many of these 9 dry mouth tips.

Tip #1: Stay hydrated 24 hrs before you have to speak.

Experts recommend drinking 8-12 glasses of water a day. If you are speaking at 4:00 on Tuesday, you want to make sure you are drinking plenty of water for 24 hrs prior to this time.

A voice coach told me that this is critical to keep your voice cords lubricated. Drinking during your speech is not good enough. You must be drinking leading up to the speech.

#2: Sip water before and during your speech.

Advanced speakers and musicians are constantly sipping water during the presentation. This is for their vocal cords, but also helps with a dry mouth. Have a bottle or glass of water handy during your speech.

Consider using the restroom minutes before you speak, so you don’t have an urge to go during the presentation.

#3: Prepare your presentation or talk well.

Good preparation can help you overcome public speaking fear and anxiety by 80%. If you are meeting your boss or another VIP, spend a large amount of time preparing. Know your speech well. Role play the meeting. Do this and you’ll have less speaking anxiety

#4: Visualize biting into a lemon.

Your 60 seconds away from starting your presentation and your moth is drier than the Nevada Desert. No water in sight. What do you do? Visualize biting into a lemon. Think about a nice juicy lemon and mentally take a bite. Feel the sourness and juices. Your saliva glands will open up and the saliva will flow.

A dry mouth caused by speaking anxiety is common. Use these  4 dry mouth tips and you’ll be able to speak with confidence.  In part 2 of you’ll learn 5 more dry mouth solutions.

Arlen Busenitz

Arlen Busenitz is an experienced speaker with over 650 presentations. He is Author of several books, CD's,and creator of Become a Better Speaker in One Evening™

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