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Manage Your Presentation Nerves!

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FEAR, Revisited: Manage Your Presentation Nerves!

AfraidDo your hands sweat at the mere idea of public speaking? Does your stomach flip-flop, your mind go blank?

Four guidelines from professional speaking coaches will help.

1. Don’t hate your nerves.
Remember that your goal is NOT to overcome fear. Your goal is to deliver an effective message. When you invest yourself fully in your message, fear takes a back seat.

2. Be able to clearly state your presentation‘s purpose.
Your nerves will undermine you if you’re not able to state the purpose in one short sentence, starting with “The purpose of my presentation is to…”

In the words of Dianna Booher, an international communications skills expert: “If you can’t write your message in a sentence, you can’t say it in an hour.”

3. Work That Heart. 
Cardiovascular fitness acts as an “anxiety shield.”  Whatever physical exercise you like, do it, and do it regularly. Your lowered blood pressure, heightened endurance, and increased oxygen flow will protect you against an attack of nerves.

4. Do it over and over. The best way to feel calm and confident is to practice your presentation multiple times, OUT LOUD, both by yourself and in the “real world.”

Use these four suggestions as you prepare for your next presentation. The antidote to nervousness is not “out there” somewhere…the keys are already inside of you.

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