PodiumWise | Tips for advanced presentation skills

Think about the times you have been in an audience and the speaker was struggling with nervousness.

What went through your mind?  Were you annoyed?  Critical?  Judgmental?

I suspect you were sympathetic.  You wanted them to be okay.  You wished there was some way you could reassure them.

You may think you are alone in having such thoughts.  You’re not.  This is how most people react.

Remember this the next time you are the nervous speaker.  If you mistakenly think everyone is annoyed, you will become even more anxious.  But, if you remind yourself that most of the people in your audience are reacting the same way you would if your roles were reversed (i.e., sympathetically) it will help you calm down.

Take comfort in knowing they want you to be okay.  They want you to feel confident.

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