How can we help?
Well, the first thing to say is that you’re not alone. It’s a very common problem
And the second thing to say is that audience’s are (generally) a lot less observant than you think they are - they’ll not notice what you think are huge gaffs. We’ve read the research to prove it! :)
If this is something that worries you, don’t panic. We’ll show you
- psychological tools for dealing with nerves developed by research scientists
- physical methods for coping with nerves used by actors, dancers and Olympic athletes
- methods for looking like you’re not nervous, even if you are
- tricks and tips for reducing what you’ve got to be nervous of, developed and used by the members of the Professional Speaking Association
Sound fair enough? And of course it’s worth mentioning that these are the tools we use - because we get nervous too.
That system you showed us for dealing with starting nerves worked a charm! Brilliant!
-presenter from Newcastle University
What do we feel about nerves?
You might not like this, but nerves are good. The trick lies in using them and not being controlled by them. We have a mantra here - and we’re professionals, remember - that goes like this: The day you stand up to make a presentation and you’re not nervous is the day after you should have quit!. It’s not about not being nervous - only a fool isn’t nervous. It’s about being in control.
Something to think about
A lot of people confuse being confident with not being nervous. That’s just wrong, as soon as you think about it - you can be both confident and nervous at the same time. And you should be - because that’s what’s going to give your presentation the edge. That’s what our tools show you!
If you want to know a little more, ask us about presentation nerves - see what we say.