Second of two posts on a list by Richard Elmes — the Sales Dating Guy — that covers his best tips for dealing with pre-presentation jitters (here and here). Here are #5 through #1 (#6-#10 here) with comments as appropriate.
5. Turn nervousness into enthusiasm: Athletes do this all the time. They turn that negative nervousness (which is really an adrenaline rush) into positive enthusiasm…[a]nd as presenters we can do the same, by thinking about it that way.
This tip reinforces the importance of practice. If I’ve practiced the mechanics of my presentations — just like athletes practice the fundamentals — then I don’t have to think about those things when presenting. I can focus on my audience.
4. Realize that you are not alone:
3. Act as if: I’m sure you have heard the old saying, “Fake it, until you make it.” Well here is a secret about speaking in public. If you fake being confident, your audience will not know. Their perception is that you are confident.
2. Visit the washroom AND 1. Just do it!!!
While I combined #1 and #2 — #2 isn’t funny at all. I’ve had one co-presenter duck out on me while I did a soft shoe until he returned. And I ain’t exactly Tommy Tune.