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Techniques for Controlling Presentation Nerves

 Doing exercises –

Do visualizations where you go through the different stages of your presentation. Imagine you’re displaying confidence, calmness, and authority. Visualize your audience captivated by your presentation, nodding in agreement, and applauding you.

Do breathing exercises by inhaling through your nose, holding 5 seconds, exhaling through your mouth, and waiting 5 seconds, repeating as needed.

Do some physical activity the day before your presentation such as running or swimming. On the day of the presentation, take a brisk walk or climb some stairs. Loosen up tense muscles in your shoulders, arms and legs. Yawn to relax your facial muscles.

Shifting perspectives –

Don’t focus on past failures; concentrate on things you do well.

Identify your negative predictions and find out if there is any basis to them. Change your prediction if there’s no reason for them. If there is a basis for them, work on the skills needed to improve those areas.

Focus your attention on your audience. Make eye contact with, smile at, and speak directly to a few members of the audience.

Changing behavior –

Find a way to control the room setup or presentation aids and adjust your movements and speech accordingly.

Being yourself –

Acknowledge the fact that you’re nervous. Don’t pretend that you’re more confident or knowledgeable than you are.

Don’t be afraid to convey your own personality or to put across some of your own points of view.

REFERENCE: Skillsoft



Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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