Advice given by well meaning supporters is often “just imagine the audience naked”.
On the surface this is not only a common piece of advice it is also somewhat amusing. But does it really work?
Whilst I am not trying to be a killjoy I do not recommend imaging the audience naked in public speaking for a number of important reasons.
1. It causes you to mask vulnerability with a fake sense of power
2. It impacts your ability to build genuine rapport with your audience
3. It can impact negatively on your eye contact and facial expressions