Overcoming Nervousness

Here’s what you can do to overcome nerves before you speak in public.

It is natural to be nervous before a public appearance.  Every professional entertainer experiences some kind of “butterflies” before a performance.  The symptoms are usually a nervous stomach, perspiring, shifting eyes, death grip on chairs . . .

What can you do about it?

  • Practice a few relaxation exercises before you go on – rolling your neck, swinging your arms, stretching.
  • Take a deep breath, hold it for three-five seconds, let it out slowly.
  • Stand naturally with your feet shoulder-width apart, your hands loose and relaxed.  Then shake your hands and arms, letting the vibration work itself into the rest of your body.
  • Nervousness adds adrenaline to your system – it can make you sharper and quicker – use it.
  • Think of nervousness as a way of ensuring that you are “up” for the presentation.
  • The best way to combat nervousness is to come prepared for the situation by knowing your subject matter and the major points you need to make.

Where in the World is Anthony?

Just wrapped my last job of the year. Looking forward to getting off the road for a bit. A sincere thank you to all my clients who made this year feel a bit like old times. Going silent for a few weeks. Happy holidays and God bless everyone!

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