Are you about to give a big presentation for work or school? Many people get extremely nervous before they give a presentation. But there’s really no need to get freaked out about standing up in front of people and speaking. Teachers, professors, managers and those other individuals who end up speaking in front of large groups quite often are accustomed to this form of work, and they rarely get nervous.
For those of us who are not responsible for giving large presentations in front of people very often, the idea of doing this can be a little more daunting. In order to help you channel your nerves, use the following tips and tricks, which will help you do well during your presentation despite being a bit scared.
1. Being prepared is the best thing that you can do for yourself.
Lots of nervous before a big presentation are often caused by not being prepared. When you are unprepared for any endeavor, you are well aware of it, so your nerves get the better of you. Even if you don’t end up using the notes that you prepare for your presentation, just having them and having gone through making them will help you make sure that you have all of your ground covered before you begin your presentation.
2. Practice makes perfect.
Even if you feel that you know your topic well, you should practice your presentation a number of times. Practice your presentation in front of the mirror, practice it in the location where you will ultimately be giving your final presentation, practice it in front of your friends or your family members, and practice it in front of your coworkers if possible.
Doing your routine over and again will help you become more familiar with it. And it will also allow you to deviate from your original presentation plan if you like when it comes to the actual presentation date.
3. Don’t forget to breathe.
Nerves can often cause people not to breathe deeply as they would when they are calm and relaxed. If you tend to breathe shallowly when you get nervous, this can cause you to appear even more nervous during your presentation, and it can easily hinder your ability to speak loudly and clearly before your audience. Be sure to breathe deeply from your diaphragm throughout the duration of your presentation.
4. Don’t forget that nervousness and excitement can actually help you.
Lastly, don’t forget that being slightly nervous and excited before a big presentation can be a benefit. When you have more adrenaline in your system, you are more alert and prepared for any hiccup that would otherwise be a severe problem for you.