Post # 1
Do you get nervous over them? How big is your audience usually?
I have to give a presentation tomorrow to about 100 people. I have to do this every year, once or twice a year. Despite the fact that I know it’s coming every year, I’m nervous. I just want it to be over with. I would like a job someday where I don’t have to do this.
So, is presenting common in your job? How do you cope?
Post # 3
The presentations I usually give are at large international conferences. The most helpful thing for me was realizing that as a native english speaker I have so many advantages compared to all the other speakers so I often look good in comparison. The other thing that helps is practice. When I have practiced a speech so many times that I’m bored with it, it helps to take the edge off. Hope that helps?
Post # 4
Yep, I’m a prof so I’m at the front of the lecture hall every semester! I also present at conferences in front of hundreds of people. The first time I presented at a conference as a student, I was shaking! I had to hold on to the lectern for support, but the presentation still went smoothly.
Some tips to help you cope: practice your presentation! Do it in front of a mirror, a friend, family member, or even your pet. Just practice it over and over again. Keep in mind that the audience isn’t judging you, they are there to listen to what you have to say. You are also the person who knows the subject material better than any one else in the room, so just be confident! Good luck! 🙂
Post # 5
I give personal safety presentations, and I’ve done them so many times they don’t even bother me anymore. The only part I ever dread is the question period. People ask some totally off the wall questions so I have to be quick on my feet!
Post # 6
@ritsi_bitsi: Hey I am a prof too! I am so comfortable lecturing, I never get nervous anymore. At the beginning, I would get nervous for about 5 minutes beforehand, then I would think fu*k it and just do it. I have been told that if nothing else, I am quite entertaining. I also give presentations at conferences and feel pretty comfortable doing that too.
My advice is to pick a few friendly-looking people throughout the room and look at them as you give your presentation.
Post # 7
yeah you would think i’d be used to this by now since I’m a grad student. I actually want to be a prof. But I’m generally better at speaking to a classroom of students than I am at speaking to a bunch of older professors who are judging me and scrutinizing my work.
I’ll keep practicing. Once again tonight, and maybe another 1 or 2 times tomorrow before the big presentation!