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Calming Pre-Presentation Jitters

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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