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  •  Oh, for cripes sakes (8+ / 0-)

    Anyone with a modicum of public speaking knows the remedy for speaknus publicus.  I actually had a far right wing evangelical (Gary North) teach me this:

    A shot of Nyquil, and a cup of hot black tea with two tablespoons of honey 10 minutes before you start talking.  

    I'm serious.  Worked every time for me, except for the one time I didn't do it, which ended up as a huge embarrassment.

    "Mitt who? That's an odd name. Like an oven mitt, you mean? Oh, yeah, I've got one of those. Used it at the Atlas Society BBQ last summer when I was flipping ribs."

    by Richard Cranium on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 09:58:42 PM PST

    •  I've heard that one before (2+ / 0-)
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      fron people who sing on stage (tea, honey, lemon), but not the Nyquil.  I used Hall's honey lemon drops while we were doing Gilbert and Sullivan shows.  Worked well.  Time it so that you finish it right before you go on stage and have a good amount of water before.  

      I'll have to remember the Nyquil.  Hot tea is not really an option in the green room.


      "Justice is a commodity"

      by joanneleon on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 10:18:19 PM PST

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    •  Nyquil? (7+ / 0-)

      I'd be passed out before my speech was over.

      Hot tea and honey work though. Not too much or you have to pee 1/3 of the way through your presentation.

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 10:18:49 PM PST

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      •  Better you have to cross your legs... (8+ / 0-)

        than have your vocal chords erupting in a fit of phlegm and coughing and snot ejecting through your nose 10 minutes in.

        There's no recovering the audience after that.

        "Mitt who? That's an odd name. Like an oven mitt, you mean? Oh, yeah, I've got one of those. Used it at the Atlas Society BBQ last summer when I was flipping ribs."

        by Richard Cranium on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 10:30:07 PM PST

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        •  I got a coughing fit (4+ / 0-)
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          during a choir number one time. Luckily I could suppress the cough, but there was no way I could sing.

          Never want to go through that again. It was painful in a lot of ways.

        •  Wow. (1+ / 0-)
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          This

          phlegm and coughing and snot ejecting through your nose
          must be quite a sight.

          I've never experienced anything quite like that. A little voice shaking at the beginning and then I'm fine.  

          © grover


          So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

          by grover on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 11:12:27 PM PST

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