In the previous blog, we looked at how common it is to be nervous before a big presentation or performance. It happens to nearly everybody – even seasoned professionals.
I presented a three-step process to reducing anxiety:
2. Just before
Earlier, I discussed preparation, which happens long before you step onto the stage. The first part of preparation is to prepare your mind by thinking positive and truly believing that you will make a good presentation. The second part is to prepare your materials by writing an outline, notes, and slides, and practising a lot.
All this helps. But how to do you remain calm when you’re at the venue, waiting to take the stage…and when you’re actually on the stage?
In the hour just before your presentation, make sure you do these things:
Now it’s your turn! You go up onto the stage, and you’re now standing in front of a room full of people. This is what you’ve been preparing for all this time. How do you keep control of yourself?
While you are speaking to the audience – the delivery of your presentation – do these:
Presentations give you an opportunity to connect with investors, customers, and colleagues. Reduce your nervousness by preparing well, minimising your anxiety just before you present, and keeping yourself calm during delivery. If you do these things, I have no doubt that your presentation will be excellent, and as a result, you will develop confidence in presenting.