Sarah Stocker - Oct 15, 2012

What can I do about dry mouth?

Dry mouth can be a symptom of dehydration, so drink some water before you present. You also may want to cut back on caffeine before a presentation. Caffeine is a diuretic and can leave your mouth feeling dry. Eating some hard candy just before your presentation can help as well. If your lips get dry, put some lip balm on.

Breathing through your nose instead of your mouth can also help, but only if you can do so without thinking about it. You don’t want it to become a distraction for you.

Be sure to take some water with you to sip during your presentation. When you need a drink, pause and take one. Don’t worry; this won’t make you appear less polished.

Dry mouth can be distracting for you when you present, so do what you need to do to stay hydrated.

By Sarah Stocker, Trainer and Workshop Coordinator at Turpin Communication

Written by Sarah Stocker

Sarah Stocker graduated from Bowling Green State University with a BA in Communication. After college, she spent the first five years working as a stage manager for various theatres in Ohio. After moving to Chicago, she worked as a contractor for several Chicago companies, first stage managing corporate theatre productions and then as a project and logistics coordinator for customized training seminars. She came to Turpin in 2005 as a camera operator, then progressed to her Workshop Coordinator and Coach roles. Sarah managed the creation of Turpin’s eCoach.