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?

Spoke all day today in Fort Wayne, Indiana at a construction association leadership academy. Negotiation tip 33: Don't mirror your opponent's demeanor, especially if the tone/questions are negative.

Spoke this morning in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Crisis tip 17: Don't do news interviews directly in front of the crisis scene. The news media want to show you in front of the "trainwreck." Resist!

Worked today in Denver with a soon-to-be very large credit union association. Presenting tip 6: Remove physical -- or virtual barriers -- that disconnect you from your audience (lectern, table, spacing, bad camera angle, distracting background, etc.).

Speaking this week in Colorado, Tennessee and Indiana. Messaging tip 19: Too many talking points leads to watering down of core message. PRIORITIZE!

Spoke today in Columbus, OH. Virtual tip 6: Here's my take on camera ON vs. camera OFF debate. If in the "old days" meeting was a phone call, then cameras OFF. If it was an in-person meeting, then cameras ON. Set expectations in meeting invite whether it'll be camera ON or OFF

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