5 best ways to give a presentation when you are nervous


How are you with presentations?

If you are like me you probably start worrying about things the moment you know you have to make one.

I have a combination of fears. From throwing up in front of people and embarrassing myself. To not being able to speak without my voice sounding nervous as I struggle to breathe.

Thankfully, I have learnt that there are ways to control your nerves.

Although, before I list them, please know that the body has to feel some kind of exhileration because presenting needs some outward energy. You need to feel some blood pumping. So my advice is to learn to embrace that feeling and instead of calling it "ANXIETY" call it being "EXCITED". Teach yourself to react to it as something that is good and not something that is bad. And know others feel exactly the same so you are not alone!

Here are the 5 best ways to give a presentation when you are nervous:

Know your material inside and out. The more prepared you are, the less nervous you will feel. Practice your presentation in front of a mirror or a friend, and make sure you can answer any questions that might be asked.

Visualize yourself giving a successful presentation. Picture yourself delivering your presentation confidently and engagingly. This will help you to feel more confident and in control.

Breathe deeply and slowly. When you start to feel nervous, take a few deep breaths. This will help to calm your body and mind.

Focus on your audience. Remember that your audience is there to learn from you. They want you to succeed, so don't be afraid to make eye contact and connect with them.

Have fun! If you're enjoying yourself, your audience will too. So relax, smile, and let your personality shine through.

Here are some additional tips that may help you to give a great presentation even when you're nervous:

Arrive early to the presentation venue and get settled in. This will give you time to relax and get comfortable before you start your presentation.

Wear comfortable clothing. Clothing that makes you feel confident. Power dressing is a real thing. It doesn't always mean you need to wear an expensive suit, it means that you should wear something that reflects what it is you are talking about to your audience; something that shows you are an authority on, or empathetic to, the presentation subject.

Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated. Okay two things here. Sparkling or still water? Well, both can help. I don't know why but I find burping helps to alleviate nerves 😁 so sometimes drinking sparkling water long before the presentation can help. However, you don't want to be burping when you are presenting, and so at that point still water is good for wetting your vocal cords.

Have a backup plan. This is so true. You never know what might happen. A power outage. A laptop or projector does not work. So in case of technical difficulties have a plan B to revert to.

Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it. There are many resources available to help you give a great presentation, such as Toastmasters International and TED Talks.

And finally

Please remember, everyone gets nervous when they have to give a presentation. The important thing is to not let your nerves get the best of you. By following these tips, you can give a great presentation even when you're feeling nervous. I would say good luck but I know you are going to be awesome. Enjoy!

Christian Jacques Bennett
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