Feeling some nervousness before giving a speech is natural and even beneficial, but too much nervousness can be detrimental.
Here are 5 proven tips from on how to control your butterflies and give better presentations:
1. Know your material.
Pick a topic you are interested in. Know more about it than you include in your speech. Use humor, personal stories and conversational language – that way you won’t easily forget what to say.
2. Practice. Practice. Practice!
Rehearse aloud with all equipment you plan on using. Revise as necessary. Work to control filler words; Practice, pause and breathe. Practice with a timer and allow time for the unexpected.
3. Know that audience.
Greet some of the audience members as they arrive. It’s easier to speak to a group of friends than to strangers.
4. Know the room.
Arrive early, walk around the speaking area and practice using the microphone and any visual aids.
Begin by addressing the audience. It buys you time and calms your nerves. Pause, smile and count to three before saying anything. (“One one-thousand, two one-thousand, three one-thousand. Pause. Begin.) Transform nervous energy into enthusiasm.
Stay tuned for more pro tips in upcoming blogs!