How to Combat Presentation Jitters
Here are five things that you can do to combat presentation jitters:
1. Power Pose to Prepare
Put yourself in a high power pose for two to three minutes before your presentation. Power posing has been shown to reduce cortisol levels in the body, and cortisol is the stress hormone.
2. Change Your Mind
The feeling you have in your body when you are anxious is the same feeling as when you are in anticipation. It is, really! The feeling is the same and your human mind attached meaning to the feeling. You are in charge of your mind so take control and when you start to feel the feeling, tell yourself that this is the feeling of anticipation.
3. Attention to Your Toes
While you are presenting, pay attention to your toes. Push your toes down in your shoes, into the ground. This way you will be grounding any extra anticipation energy.
If you breathe into the top of your chest, you will be telling your body that it has to be on high alert. When you belly-breathe, you are telling your body that it’s safe to relax. While you present, inhale through your nose and allow your belly to expand and contract with your breath.
5. Movement for Memory
If you gesture while you talk, it will be easier to remember what you have to say.
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