Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) went out of his way to connect with the average American during his Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union Address.
Perhaps farther out of his way than he intended.
His son-of-immigrants success story is something many Americans can associate with even if they have not personally experienced it.
But his nervousness and resultant dry mouth are situations many speakers have experienced.
Unfortunately, it would appear no one has ever shown him how to avoid the dry mouth.
So, Senator, and any of the rest of you reading this, here are a few tips to avoid dry mouth for your next high stress public speech.
- Avoid caffeine and dairy products.
- Avoid antihistamines.
- Hydrate before the speech.
- Suck on a citrus flavored lozenge or, my preference, chew a small peeled piece of a tart apple.
- Retain a coach who will see that water (in a glass) can be reached easily and naturally.