No more dry runs, please.
March 16, 2012 6:07 AM Subscribe
Public speaking: I know my material, I feel good about it, I still end up with horrific dry mouth. What can I do to make that ease up?
Done well enough so far, but the moot court competition I have coming up has a cash prize that I really think I could have a crack at taking home if I could get this down, which means a bit more to me than just bragging rights. In practice, I feel comfortable, speak (relatively) slowly, answer questions smoothly. In front of judges, I suddenly end up feeling like I'm trying to talk through a mouthful of cotton balls. I have no problem with dry mouth day-to-day.
So, it's clearly only related to very specific stress situations, and it would probably be okay if we could have water during, but I can't. I have already tried cutting out anything I take regularly except Claritin, which I can't give up and still breathe, with no real improvement. I've tried Ativan (no real impact on that part of it) and Biotene spray (which worked for about two minutes of my 15-minute argument). I'm not sure what else might be useful and decided that maybe I should seek some ideas from folks here before I end up buying more stuff that doesn't work. Any thoughts? Other meds, supplements, things to do beforehand to give me enough spit to make it through to the other side?