Back to Back Issues Page
Help to keep strong in strange times & an at-home printable teaching resource
March 27, 2020

In this Issue

Background - montage of people's faces. Text:14 ways to manage public speaking fear that work in all parts of life

Keeping strong in strange times

Breathing well

At a time when much of what we know is spinning out of control there is something incredibly fundamental we can do for ourselves that will make a difference. That is to breathe well.

Breathing properly will make you feel less stressed, less anxious and therefore more able to effectively meet whatever challenge life is throwing you.

How to breathe well

7 step conscious breathing

  1. Stand up.(Or if you can't stand, sit up straight in your chair.) Place your feet a shoulder width apart and put one hand on your belly.

  2. To begin breathe out through your mouth, expelling all the air from your lungs.

  3. Then breathe in deeply, through your nose, using your diaphragm. As you do imagine the breath coming in through the soles of your feet and traveling all the way up your body to the very top of your head while mentally slowly and steadily counting to four. You will feel your diaphragm lift.

  4. Hold the breath for a moment before releasing it through your nose, again to the count of four.

  5. On the out-breath, imagine all the negativity and anxiety draining away from your body. Feel it leaving: flowing out of you from the top of your head all the way down to your toes.

  6. Repeat the in and out breath to the count of four at least four times.

  7. When you've finished shake your arms, wriggle your shoulders and let the feeling of ease settle in.

Learn to recognize what held breath feels like in your body. For instance the tightness in your chest or your jaw, the way you're holding your shoulders ... Now stop and consciously breathe. In, and, out. In, and, out.

Once you have it for yourself, teach it to those around you. Your children included. It will help.

More ways to manage fear

Practical suggestions to assist.

Although I had helping people with overcoming public speaking fear in mind when I put together these tips for dealing with anxiety, I sincerely hope you find one or two you can use to help you ride out our current storm.

14 ways to manage public speaking fear

At-home teaching resources

Are you putting classes together for children or looking for fun activities the whole family can play?

Here's a collection of seven speech games, based on tongue twisters, that focus on developing fluency, clear, crisp articulation and pronunciation – all equally necessary for good oral communication. And most importantly, they are great fun!

To make it easier to get started, along with the instructions for each game, I've included a printable of 44 tongue twisters and poems.

Go to seven tongue twister games for instructions. You'll find the printable at the bottom of the page.

Happy family of four with tongue twisters in the background. Text: 7 tongue twister games the whole family can play.


Stay safe, stay sane, stay put and know that, this too will pass.

Follow on Pinterest

If you are on Pinterest please jump over and follow there!

I share all the resources you need to write and deliver successful speeches. There’s tips, helpful guides for teachers, ESL learners, wedding speeches, and so much more. on Pinterest

Go to Top

Back to Back Issues Page