Every time I get in front of an audience and have to present, I get really nervous. My stomach quivers and I perspire. I stutter and frequently lose my train of thought.
Even if you know the topic like the back of your hand, presenting in front of people might make you nervous. If you experience the same shakes and sweats when you’re forced to talk in front of class or present an idea at your internship, you should check out the tips expert Darlene Price offers up.
Price, who authored Well Said! Presentations and Conversations That Get Results (Barnes & Noble, $21.95), offered a few tips to USA Today‘s Anita Bruzzese. Among them:
– Picture yourself, standing tall, in the space where you’ll be speaking.
– Use your webcam to record yourself saying ten positive statements about yourself (like, “I am confident,” and “I am in touch with my audience”). Say them over and over until you feel confident. Then, watch the video.
– Memorize your opening so that you can easily make eye contact with the audience.
– Pretty quickly, get the audience involved. Ask them questions they have to raise their hands to answer, etc.
– Rosella Eleanor LaFevre