How To Not Look Nervous
Knees shaking? Hands sweaty? Choking up?
Many people feel the symptoms of stage fright. But there’s some good news. You most often think you look worse than you do! Use these simple tips to cope with stage fright and prevent embarrassment.
Tip 1. Plan In Advance
Plan your strategy before you make a presentation. If you tend to get hot and sweaty, wear lighter clothes. If you know your knees shake, wear broader pants instead of a revealing outfit. Why not start with the end in mind. Prepare for the worst and you’ll be pleasantly surprised when it doesn’t happen.
Tip 2. Create Your Personal Comfort Zone
Let the audience know what’s going on. You don’t have to reveal deep dark secrets, just set up the situation so you feel comfortable. For instance, if you tend to stutter when speaking in groups, say, “This topic is emotional for me…I might get choked up.”
Tip 3. Set Up For Success
If your hands quiver and shake, put your notes on a table or lectern. If you tend to blush, wear a scarf or high-necked top. If you are more comfortable sitting, get a high stool to sit/stand while presenting.
When you are comfortable, your audience responds. Take care of your personal comfort zone and you’ll feel calmer, more poised, and ready to give a professional presentation. And, keep one thing in mind: you look better than you think!