Post # 1
Okay, so I have a group presentation tomorrow at 2pm. We are the first group to go of 5-6. I am already having anxiety over it! I know what I have to say, but it’s the fact that those people are staring at me the whole time and all eyes are on me waiting for every word I say. I’ve never been good at publc speaking…and absolutely dread it. This is my last time in my college career (I hope) that I will have to give a presentation! I should be absolutely thrilled, but all I can think about is everyone watching me!!
Post # 3
I have something that I do, I don’t know if it will help. I speak in public alot, and before I go up, I put myself in what I call my CEO mode. I am in charge and these people are here to listen to me kind of thing. I stand up straight, put my shoulders back, walk and stand with complete confidence. IMO, it is all about conveying confidence in yourself and your knowledge. Where the body leads the head will follow.
Post # 4
Let me share a story: Until last Thursday, I hadn’t done any public speaking in over a year. Why? Because the last presentation I did, I got very, very hot and passed out. I busted open my face and chipped multiple teeth. It was also being recorded, so I had to watch it later. FUNNNN! Haha.
ETA: I pass out literally more than once a month because I get hot so easily, so while it was no big deal for me (except the broken teeth, yikes!) people kept trying to call 911. Awkward.
Post # 5
@tksjewelry: This really helps! I had to give a 25-minute presentation plus a Q&A session as the final part of my project for my undergrad degree, and forcing myself to ACT confident, even if I didn’t feel confident, helped immensely. I’m usually a pretty quiet person and I hate public speaking, but I rocked the hell out of that presentation. Every professor in the dept. who evaluated me commented on how “poised” I was. I was ready to run out of the room and cry while I was walking up to the podium, but once I got warmed up and started talking, I was fine.
Post # 6
Here are a few things that I used to tell my college students, which seemed to help
1. You are the expert on what you are presenting about, no one is going to call you out on small errors
2. Many people aren’t actually listening especially if you are going first they are worrying about their own presentations
3. Smile, take a deep breath and find a person in the room who smiles back at you, whenever you start to get nervous use that person as a touch point. This works really well if you can find a person who nods when you present, it is calming to know people are understanding
4. Dress professionally and pretend to be confident even if you don’t feel it
5. Be prepared. Practice what you are going to say, how you want to stand, and the examples you want to give. Think of possible questions someone could ask you about each point and prepare an answer for each of those
Good luck, I am sure it will go well.
Post # 7
I did my presentation on Tuesday and I got my grade back. I got a 97! My highest grade EVERRR for a presentation! It was a group presentation. What did I do to be able to speak in front of the class…I slept only 4 hours the night beforehand, wore extremely uncomfortable high heeled boots, and I also took 1/2 a xanax! The teacher who I had before actually told me that I was sooo good and so natural. My key actually was…to just get it over with. The more tired I am the less I care about being nervous, people watching me, etc….I just wanna get it over with in order to go back to bed (this would only work for me haha…most say they are too tired that they can’t function). The uncomfortable heels I wore for the same reason…I would be thinkingi about the pain and not the people and want to get it over with. It worked for me!