Feeling some nervousness before giving a speech is natural and healthy. It shows you care about doing well. But, too much nervousness can be detrimental. Here's how you can control your nervousness and make effective, memorable presentations.
Realise That People Want You To Succeed
Audiences want you to be interesting, stimulating, informative, and entertaining. They don’t want you to fail.
Know The Room
Be familiar with the place in which you will speak. Arrive early, walk around the speaking area and practice using any visual aids.
Know Your Material
If you’re not familiar with your material or are uncomfortable with it, your nervousness will increase. Practice your speech and revise it if necessary.
Know The Audience
Greet some of the audience as they arrive. It’s easier to speak to a group of friends than to a group of strangers.
Visualise Yourself Giving Your Speech
Imagine yourself speaking, your voice loud, clear, and assured. When you visualise yourself as successful, you will be successful.
If you mention your nervousness or apologize for any problems you think you have with your speech, you may be calling the audience’s attention to something they hadn’t noticed. Keep shtum!
Concentrate On The Message - Not The Medium
Focus your attention away from your own anxieties, and outwardly toward your message and your audience. Your nervousness will dissipate.
Ease tension by doing exercises.
Experience builds confidence, which is the key to effective speaking. A Toastmasters club can provide the experience you need.
Turn Nervousness Into Positive Energy
Harness your nervous energy and transform it into vitality and enthusiasm.
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