I happen to encounter the need to do a presentation in class and outside of it often and I never seem to get over the slight jitters I feel especially with an unfamiliar crowd. In this post, I’ll be sharing a few things I have done to help me stay calm enough to give to present well without being visibly shaken.
- Be Prepared:
Being very prepared sure does help boost confidence and reduces the chances of fumbling or getting blank. Practise very well, in front of your mirror.
- Arrive Early:
Early arrival helps you get accustomed to your environment and you could get to meet with some of those you will be presenting to. The feeling of unfamiliarity does a lot to the nerves and arriving early helps reduce it.
- Look to a Familiar Face:
Sharing a glance with a familiar face helps you keep yourself collected and unshaken by the many expressions you could see in the faces of strangers. In the case where there’s no familiar face, looking to someone you already introduced yourself to before the presentation does help too.
- Take Deep Breaths:
The urge to rush through your presentation might arise. You should, however, take deep breaths and walk through the entire process so that your audience is also carried along and intrigued by your presentation.
Do well to share with us how your next presentation goes!