'I've not done this in nearly two years....I'm super nervous about speaking' was the phrase shared with me at a charity event I attended, whereby several employees were giving an update to donors.
I get it - Despite having spoken infront of audiences multiple times, it has been difficult for some to rebuild confidence after two years where events like this just didn't happen.
I've always felt that nervousness is a strange emotion / reaction. We're nervous about things going wrong, stumbling our words, making a fool of ourselves, forgetting lines or being super boring to the audience. Yet, the cause of many of those concerns, is the nervousness itself.
When we are nervous;
- We stop thinking properly ahead of the presentation and so perhaps causes something to go wrong.
- We stumble over our words because our mind is focusing on the fear of an audience.
- We might make a fool of ourselves by not watching our...
People do strange things when standing infront of an audience.
It's quite common and largely comes from how they are feeling in that moment. Perhaps they are nervous, feeling intimidated by the audience, or not completely sure of what they are doing.
In this post, I'm going to outline three bad habits that creep into people's delivery when presenting. You'll likely resonate with at least one of them, either from your experience on stage, or as an audience member.
I remember when I was in school, our production director was brilliant, creative and slightly intimidating as you'd expect from such a role. In my time at the school, I was fortunate to land a few lead roles, but this bad habit of a moving leg, was a big one for me. I'd constantly and unknowingly swing one leg or move around on the spot. It must have been so irritating to watch.
In several rehearsals, I remember the director holding my feet to the stage...
For many, the idea of public speaking fills them with nervousness & fear.
That said, I genuinely believe that everyone is capable of it. I believe that even the most nervous person can develop the skills to manage their nerves and successfully deliver a presentation.
Here are my three tips for developing confidence in your ability to present infront of an audience.
Many people think that having a script - or notes to the side, will make them less nervous. I actually think having notes increases your nerves. (I'll let you have brief bullet points, but not long form notes!)
The fear of stumbling your words, forgetting chunks of content or getting lost mid way through, only adds to the fear of 'looking silly' infront of the audience.
Take the pressure off, internalise what you want to say so that it comes naturally and then go and deliver it without the pressure of a script.