Public speaking ranks up there with thinking about moving. It can be extremely stressful. Luckily, there are ways to calm your nerves before getting in front of a room or on stage.

Here’s a handful of tips to help you be less nervous and more confident.

  1. Be prepared. If you’re using powerpoint in your presentation, create an amazing powerpoint. If you’re working from notes, study your talking points and know them inside and out. Practice, but don’t memorize your presentation. Being too prepared can come across as cold and impersonal.
  2. Wake up in the morning, and remind yourself that you’re the expert. You don’t have to do this just on a speaking day. Do it everyday! You’re successful. People want to hear what you have to say.
  3. Get to your event venue early. If you’re feeling rushed and flustered, you aren’t going to give your best presentation. And, make sure you account for traffic — and accidents. Being 90 minutes or 2 hours early is not uncommon. It gives you a chance to familiarize yourself with the room and the people who will be there.
  4. Before you go on stage, sneak away to the bathroom and do the “superman pose”. You can laugh, but a study from Ted.com found that it actually changes your body chemistry and helps you feel more confident.
  5. Next, win at the introduction. If you have a successful intro, you’ll feel more confident throughout the rest of your presentation. It will set the tone for a great presentation.
  6. Practice being uncomfortable. One blogger said he regularly puts himself in uncomfortable situations, including being a nude model. You don’t need to go that far, but do something once or twice a month that gets you out of your comfort zone might be a good idea.
  7. Just keep swimming, I mean talking. The more times you give a presentation and get in front of an audience, the more confident you’ll be about it.

I’m Robin Samora with the Fast Marketing Minute. If you’re thinking of speaking, you need to build a platform, online and offline. We help you create one. Want to know more? Email me at Robin@RobinSamora.com  Talk tomorrow!