Have you ever been through the phase before a big presentation, seminar or a panel review when your heart is racing, your palms are damp and you’re starting to panic?
Everyone does. If they have not experienced it then they will or they’ve just living under a rock.
During that panic-phase you would be thinking about how to beat the stress so bad and would end up distracting yourself from the presentation which would stress you even more.
So, in this article we would like you to look into 5 tips which will help you to convert this adversity into opportunity!
- Acknowledge the Panic.
The first and foremost way to reduce your anxiety before an event is to acknowledge it. Labeling it or acknowledging the stress will allow you to be more realistic and find a logical solution that works for you. It is like being more transparent to you about yourself which would make you a better judge and a critic and lets to tap into your true self.
2. Talk positively to yourself.
After acknowledging your fear, it is necessary to be positive towards yourself. Positive self-talk lightens your mood, creates effective mindspace which encourages productive thinking which will eventually generate an active mindset for the upcoming performance. In the minutes leading up to your presentation, say over and over within yourself, “You are a dynamic speaker!” “You are enthusiastic and engaging!” “You are prepared and confident!”
3.Take several deep belly breaths.
Since anxiety tightens the muscles in the chest and throat, it’s important to diminish that restricting effect with deep inhalations. It maximizes the amount of oxygen that flows to the lungs and brain; interrupts the adrenalin-pumping ‘fight or flight’ response; and triggers the body’s normal relaxation response.
4. Don’t pretend you’re not nervous.
It is a natural tendency to create an image of yourself to your peers a fear-less body-language. Doesn’t matter how bad you want to put that on it comes off as very superficial and makes you more tense as there is now something more on the list that you have to care about. In fact, your peers, to whom you are creating that image can easily find out that you are faking it. What a waste! Ain’t it.
5. Practice the first minute in your mind.
Whatever you’re planning to say as the captivating opener-a witty quotation, personal story, or startling statistic-rehearse the first few sentences several times. This makes your presentation more natural, less over-structured. This also gives a good headstart to all those who have the common ‘starting-problem’. This also gives you a good kick of confidence that compells you into giving more natural presentation.