Nervous about giving a presentation
Presentation is a common and most irritating thing for most of our university students as well as for many professionals. But it is hardly avoidable. The main problem behind this thing getting irritating is getting nervous in presentation. If you can overcome this presentation is fun.
Some people are natural presenters. Others get nervous at the very thought of it. Here are some tips to help you plan and deliver a better presentation. And, if you get nervous, some hints to help you relax.This article might not gonna overcome the nervousness in presentation but it will give you lots of tips to avoid it.
Know your material
Practice your speech or presentation until you are comfortable with its contents. But don’t try to remember it word for word, leave some room for spontaneity. Remember memorizing the whole contents doesn’t help rather than getting comfortable helps as it will help you to answer any question audience might gonna ask in the end. Practicing in front of mirror helps a lot in this case.
Know your audience
If possible, greet some of the audience as they arrive and chat to them. It is easier to speak to a group of friends than to a group of strangers.
Don’t read from a script
There’s nothing wrong with having cue cards or notes to prompt you, but try to avoid simply reading a from a full script. It’s not very engaging for your audience.
Don’t read slides
If you are using slides, don’t read them out, word for word, every time. Pick out highlights or expand on each point. Use them as prompts. And when you first put up a slide, give people time to read it. That will also give you time to think about – or remember – what you want to say.
If you get nervous…
Learn how to relax
You can ease tension by doing exercises. Sit comfortably with your back straight. Breathe in slowly, hold your breath for 4 to 5 seconds, and then slowly exhale. To relax your facial muscles, open your mouth and eyes wide, then close them tightly.
Drink water, yawn and hum
Drink water before you speak to lubricate your vocal chords. Yawning and humming will ‘prepare’ your voice and help overcome the feeling that your words will get stuck in your throat.
Don't apologies for being nervous
It is likely that your nervousness won’t even show. If you mention that you’re nervous or apologies for problems you think you have with your speech, you'll only draw attention to it.
Turn nervousness into positive energy
The same nervous energy that causes stage fright can be used to your advantage. Harness it and transform it into vitality and enthusiasm.
Nervous and inexperienced speakers tend to talk way too fast. Consciously slow your speech down. When you practice, try to speak at about half your normal speed. It will seem odd, but will help you deliver the presentation at a more measured pace.
Don't race through your presentation and leave your audience, as well as yourself, feeling out of breath. The pause may seem a bit awkward, but the audience will barely notice it.
Concentrate on your message
Your nervous feelings will dissipate if you focus your attention away from your anxieties and concentrate on your message and your audience, not yourself.
Visualize yourself speaking
Imagine yourself speaking, your voice loud, clear and assured. When you visualize yourself as successful, there’s a better chance that you will be.
Realize that people want you to succeed
All audiences want speakers to be interesting, stimulating, informative and entertaining. They want you to succeed, not fail. Remember… they’re not there to catch you out or embarrass you.
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Well, one of the most interesting article i've ever come across other than gaming in this forum, It's odd that i never looked in this section and missed a vital article left under the pile of other articles. I am a student of Business Administration in East West university and it's my 5th semester running now. I had to complete a whole presentation based course(ENG100) in my first semester and it made me quite comfortable with presentation as I had to present topics without clues/predetermined.
But after that semester, the inhibition of presentation got me and still at my 5th semester, it gives me creeps to even think about presentation. But i try to keep my mind calm and focused at presentations, try to be relaxed and observe the whole situation before presenting.
I've found this article very encouraging and i salute you that you gave this matter a thought; a thought well processed and clearly verbalized. Don't know if this response would matter to anyone but I do thank you for motivating me.
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One other thing that I would like to mention that made me good at presenting is that I actually talk to myself in English about anything that crosses my mind at any time of the day. I enjoy doing it and also I have it as a really good practice of being prepared to speak in English.
u've pretty much mentioned all the basics.
Personally, I try to visualize that I am in a superior position (though it requires that u r well equipped with information) than my audience and doing so keeps my confidence level consistent through out the presentation.
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