Strategies to Manage Nerves: Part A

So those are just a few tips on how you can speak more confidently Now, that said, those nerves, those pesky nerves, and ease, stomach icky feeling maybe you feel like you’re gonna pass out maybe you can’t get the air that you need in your voice in order to deliver a strong, engaging presentation. So those things can still crop up. And so we’re going to talk about what are some things that you can do to maybe prevent those nerves from happening or if they still come up what you can you do to manage and and even stop those symptoms of being anxious, fearful and have those nerves Okay, the next thing I recommend is that you change your beliefs about fear. challenge your beliefs about your fear of public speaking Assess why you’re fearful and consider reframing your negative thoughts which are untrue and not supported by facts into positive, proactive statements. For example, instead of telling yourself that you’re boring and can’t speak well focus on how your audience will benefit from what you share with them. Imagine your audience actively listening to what you say, not focusing on how well you are presenting. Another way that can help calm your nerves is to take deep breaths. adrenalin and anxiety can cause one to take shallow breaths, which can result in lightheadedness. If you find yourself in this state, take a few deep breaths to get more oxygen, oxygen to the brain. And that may just hopefully calm you down. Okay, now this is a strategy that I really recommend everyone try. And that is just to simply smile. Studies have shown that smiling triggers a chemical reaction in your body. That is a natural relaxant. Even just fake smiling can almost instantly change your mood. Have you ever seen studies or been involved in an experiment where a group of intentionally a group intentionally laughs and then keeps on laughing. At first their laughter is forced but then almost everyone participating ends up laughing for real. And so at least experiment with it, give it a try, get up on stage and just give that big grand, most likely, your audience will respond the same and smile back at you. If anything, just the action of smiling can help calm your nerves and make you feel better about the situation. It’s also Smiling, does so many more things it can be engaging to your audience because they’ll see you looking as if you really are enjoying being on the stage giving that presentation and enjoying what you are talking about and so most likely, you’ll come across as more credible and have something interesting to your audience will want to, to hear. Now, another thing I recommend is to drink water. When people speak, they may get dehydrated and then not having enough fluid in all the parts that is required to speak that can dry up and make it difficult your voice can crack and not come across this clearly. So I always recommend that people have water nearby that they can they can drink to help them to at least have a clear voice but the There’s more benefits than just keeping hydrated. Another thing is the act of drinking can relax you as well, because it’s a it’s a diversion. If you are on stage and you are really feeling anxious, nervous, if you think about taking a drink of water, what it does is it it diverts your mind to the act of actually drinking. So it kind of causes a break in the interruption of being nervous. And that’s maybe all that’s needed just for you to collect yourself and then and then get started again, with nerves. Okay, so this next one that may seem a little weird, but it can actually help and that is to give yourself a massage. Now of course, if you get on stage in front of an audience, you want it to start massage and yourself that might be a little weird, unless you are giving a presentation about giving a massage. But you let’s say before you get on on stage, you might be sitting down behind the stage somewhere, just under your hand, you use one hand to massage the other hand, massage the palm of your hand. And that can you can give, you can massage your ear lobe that can relax people and just make you feel better so you can give it a try. Now if you are on stage you might be able to with your thumb and one hand, relax, give yourself a little massage in the palm of your hand. If it’s done discreetly, the audience may have no idea that you are doing that especially if you are talking to them. Maybe you have some kind of visual aids that they are directed to. So you might be able to do that no one may notice