A range of things could result to a nervous presentation. Cold feet, choking on words, stuttering and all what not are signs that your nerves are taking the best of you during that presentation.
A nervous presentation indirectly hits and affects your confidence. And that is not good for any presentation. You can only make a conviction in people when they see you proudly go about your onions like you own it.
Most times it is not that people do not have enough knowledge or points to share but they just do not believe enough in what they are saying.
While some people lose to stage fright; some others are shy. The good news is that you do not have to make a mess of a potentially good presentation for any of those reasons.
Forbes’ Rebecca Newton took time to identify some of the ways to defeat anxiety and a nervous presentation:
1. Relax and counter failure notions:
This might seem impossible at the time; but you can shut down all fears in your mind. Remind yourself it’s definitely not going to last the whole day; a few minutes perhaps.
The relaxing process should actually begin on the first day of your paper work. As your rehearse your points prior to presentation day, always conclude by calming all points of tension – straight faces or sarcastic countenance from judges or the audience.
And when that voice tells you “you won’t nail it”; simply remember that the idea is not to be perfect but to communicate what you know.
2. Choose courage over confidence:
“Yes, I’m a little afraid. Yes, I’m nervous. But I’m doing it anyway!”
Rebecca points out that it is safer to choose to be courageous on purpose than battling with confidence. “This proactive step in choosing courage can lead to a positive psycho-physiological response and enable us to “show up” better.”
3. Breathe your way through it:
Learn to breathe. Before the presentation when the nerves are beginning to kick in, take your time and take deep breaths. Start by breathing in for 3-4 counts and out for 5-6. That will give you the relief to get yourself together. It equally helps to keep your mental balance and energy to avoid nervous presentations.
4. Know Your Strengths:
This simply means to concentrate on your strong points rather than weak points. Whether or not you are the right person for the job should not bother you. Concentrate on what you have to present and the trust on you to do a good job. There’s a reason you were chosen for it.
5. Start developing yourself:
As you make a note of your strong and weak points, it is advisable that attention is given to concerns that you might have some loopholes. If you are convinced that your skills need to be improved, then there is no reason not to do so. Skills are meant to be developed not left to be stagnated at one point. Keep in mind that an efficient skill gives confidence. It is a good way to avoid a nervous presentation.
6. Recognize nervousness as a sign of something good:
According to Rebecca, nervousness can be a good sign. It usually denotes a new challenge or phase.
“If you’re feeling nervous, remind yourself it’s most likely because you’re pushing your career forward. One day the situation that currently makes you nervous will be your new norm, and then it will be time to seek out new nerve-inducing opportunities.”