Standing on stage in front of a crowd of people can be quite challenging. Even after many years of stage experience it is normal to still get a little nervous. As an advice I was always told to imagine the other audience in underwear so I would become more comfortable speaking in front of them – Personally it never really worked out for me. Instead what helped me a lot was to take some time for myself to breathe and empower myself before going on stage.
I wanted to know, if you have certain rituals or strategies before speaking in front of people, which empower you and let you feel more confident.
It might help others dealing with their nervousness too and lets them overcome their inhibitions.
I haven't done a speech on stage but I have performed music in public (amateur Celtic harp player in my spare time) - the preparations that musicians do for performance may also help for speeches? In the run up to performing I record myself a lot. Also you can do things that simulate being nervous eg jump and run around to get your heart rate up and be a bit out of breath, then record yourself giving your talk while in that state. And eg. first thing in the morning when still not properly awake record yourself giving your talk.
Some good ideas to use during the performance also are here How to make Performance Anxiety an asset