7 Easy Ways to Calm Your Nerves Before a Big Presentation

As you’re preparing for that killer presentation, you soon find your focus is elsewhere and your mind is distracted with anxiety and tension. It’s a common case of nervousness, and you might need to learn some effective ways to calm down to present with confidence and ease. Try any of these simple action steps before getting up on that podium or special event that puts you in the spotlight! They’ll teach you how to relax before giving a speech.

  1. Concentrate on your message: Keep in mind that you’re delivering the presentation for a reason; whether it’s to motivate, persuade, encourage, or share some news, focusing on the reasons behind your appearance will help give you some purpose and direction to keep on moving ahead.
  2. Learn to channel: Nervous energy can actually be something positive when you learn how to harness and channel it effectively. Try upping your enthusiasm or confidence factor by redirecting your extra energy, and you’ll breeze through that presentation much more successfully.
  3. Don’t forget to breathe: Breathe deep, inhale, and exhale for a count of eight. This can instantly relax and “center” your body, and will give your brain a fresh dose of oxygen to deal with the tasks at hand. Bottling up your energy or shallow breathing can make it very difficult to communicate with ease; take a few minutes before starting the presentation to simply breathe deeply and relax yourself.
  4. Get there early! : Getting situated in the room and being well-prepared will boost your confidence level immediately. Setting up with the right tools and resources you need will make sure your presentation runs smoothly, and you can even take a walk around the space to settle in.
  5. Release tension in your shoulders: Many people don’t realize they’re doing this, but tension in the neck and shoulder area can give you a hunched posture and make it difficult to speak clearly. Pull those shoulders back, stretch your neck upward, and release any tension in your upper body so you can stand and speak clearly.
  6. Try visualization practices: Even if you’re rehearsed your script and overall presentation points, visualize yourself actually delivering the presentation itself. This will help you preview how you’ll get through it, and makes the actual presentation much more natural.
  7. Yawn : Not during your presentation of course, but definitely a few minutes before heading out on stage. A yawn can help relax any tense jaw muscles and give you a fresh dose of oxygen. With your facial muscles more relaxed, you’ll find it much easier to speak and easily calm your nerves in the process.

Even the most experienced presenter isn’t immune to anxiety, stress, and feelings of fear during their event. Confident and professional speakers have simply learned how to manage and calm their nerves as they move through their topics. Building up skills for public speaking and giving a presentation are great ways to boost your business opportunities, and getting over any personal obstacles offers a variety of benefits. Practice makes perfect, so get used to the idea of presenting as often as possible for ongoing success.

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3 Responses to 7 Easy Ways to Calm Your Nerves Before a Big Presentation

  1. lawrence September 9, 2007 at 3:55 pm #

    lol, you left out the famous…envisioning your audience naked tip.

    if you’re presenting to suits, you see money/power/bueracracy and what not – which may fright people…but if you see a bunch of flabby people, naked…then you’ll think little of them, thereby giving you confidence.

    another tip is to eat an apple, or nuts. certain foods will keep your mouth ‘salivaey’, and not cottonmouth.


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