It happens to everyone. Getting up in front of an audience, with all of those eyeballs staring back at you can be intimidating and nerve-wracking. This week I am going to share with you 6 things you can do to overcome presentation jitters.
The more organized you are, the more smoothly your presentation will go. Take the time to make sure you have everything in order from handouts, presentation slides, and even a short bio you can give the emcee who introduces you. The more you can predict how things go during the presentation, the calmer you will be.
Practice, Practice, Practice!
The time you spend practicing will pay off! The more you know your presentation, the less likely you will get flustered and if you do get flustered, you will recover quickly!
Before the presentation, acknowledge what your biggest worries are and review how you can either stop them from happening or how you will respond if they do occur.
Visualize yourself crushing the presentation! Imagine how confident you feel walking to the front of the room, the surge of energy you feel as you begin to speak, and the sense of accomplishment you feel in the end.
Focus on your material and the value you are bringing to your audience and not about the audience sitting in front of you. The more you focus on your material and the value you provide, the more confident you will feel and appear.
If it happens during your presentation, use it as a tool. Silence is powerful and can be used as emphasis – to make a statement. It can also be used to help the audience digest and ponder a concept before moving on to the next topic. If your presentation allows the audience to be interactive with you, silence can be used as a signal to ask a question.
Public speaking can be scary and intimidating but when armed with the right tools, it doesn’t have to be. It can actually be fun and energizing. In the past, I used to be terrified to speak in front of a room. Now, I love it! That’s not to say that I still don’t get nervous before I go on stage. I do. I just channel that nervousness differently.