How to Deal with Nervous Energy
Controlling Nerves. Most speakers feel that "butterflies in the stomach" nervous feeling as they anticipate and deliver a speech. The good news is that good practice and experience often minimizes nervousness for public speaking. There are also some helpful tips to decrease the effects of nervous stage fright.
Points to remember:
- To prevent unnecessary stress, arrive early and ensure your audiovisual aids are in working order.
- Eating too much before a presentation can make you sluggish.
- Drinking too much coffee or caffeinated beverages can increase your jitters.
- Practice, practice, practice, and you will look more comfortable and natural because you will be familiar with the content. The more prepared you are, the less you have to be nervous about.
- At least 30 minutes before your presentation, go to a calm environment and focus on the presentation at hand.
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