It’s natural to experience some level of anxiety before presenting. Here’s how you to use that energy to your advantage:
- Find a quiet space – We speak best when we harness our anxiety and/or excitement, so find a quiet area where you can be alone to focus for a few minutes.
- Help your brain focus – Take at least 3 slow, deep breaths. To help calm your body, count to 7 as you inhale and again as you exhale.
- See the ideal outcome – Close your eyes and envision the audience at the end of your presentation. See them smiling, clapping and reaching out to shake your hand and thank you.
- Stretch – Nervousness makes our muscles stiffen. Stretching your mouth and jaw will prevent you from getting tongue tied.