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?

Worked today in Richmond, VA with the executive team of a global chemical co. Crisis communications tip 46: Positive news stories NOW will protect your organization's reputation during a future crisis. Start building a "reservoir of goodwill." Think of it as a crisis "vaccine"

Gave keynote today in Seattle at a State CIO conference. Communication tip 56: If you find yourself rambling, say outloud, "and my point is..." It will refocus you.

Spent the day in New Jersey working with a fantastic mechanical contractor. Sales Tip 19: Keep Q&A responses 30-45 seconds long. Too long of a response waters down key points. Prioritize!

Spoke at two different events today in Cincinnati. Headed to New Jersey. Team presenting tip 17: Script intentional "interruptions" to reinforce key points and keep people paying attention. It's an artform that will take your presentations to a higher level.

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