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Calming Pre-Presentation Jitters
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Up to 75 percent of people fear public speaking to some degree, and if you’re one of the many, here are some pointers to get through that next speaking engagement.

 

  • Discuss your fear. Avoid obsessively thinking about the fear by talking about it to a trusted advisor or friend who can remind you that nerves are normal.
  • Pamper yourself. Prepare for the presentation by eating well, exercising, and getting a good night’s sleep before the big day.
  • Understand nervous feelings. Physical signs of nerves such as sweaty palms or butterflies are your body’s way of reacting to an extra jolt of adrenaline that a case of nerves brings on. Some people find that this added burst of energy helps them focus and deliver a better presentation.
  • Prepare. Practice, practice, practice…but not so much that you sound canned. Knowing your material is the best preparation to help yourself through the anxiety.
  • Be on time. Arrive early so you can acclimate to the room where you’ll deliver your talk.
  • Evaluate yourself with kindness. As long as the speech you give is better than the last one, you’ve improved. Learn from mistakes and move on.
  • Enjoy your success. Once it’s over, remember the great feeling of a job well done and recall it the next time you deliver a presentation.

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