Why is everyone staring at me!? …oh right, I’m in the middle of doing a presentation. Is it just me or does the feeling of “all eyes are on you” give the impression that you’re that big purple elephant standing in the middle of the room? Some people love it. They fiend it! Dear Jesus some could stand up there and talk for days. And to those humes, I give you kudos.
So I’ve come to the conclusion that speaking in front of large amounts of people kind of um… freaks me out!? It’s sort of like a routine. You’re all calm and collect waiting for your turn to be in the spotlight, your hands get a little shaky as you walk to the front with your paper because god knows you’ll need that for back up. Isn’t it great, my college program Advertising – Integrated Marketing Communications basically revolves around that skill… NOT. Ps, I was not aware of this going into the program, but none the less, my program is still amazing.
Yes, the wondrous skill of being able to have oh so intelligent words come from your mouth while trying to make minimal eye contact to those who aren’t texting, playing with their hair or better yet, sleeping on their desks. But if you really think about it, what do you do when you’re the person sitting in the desk “listening”? Quotations around listening because well, are you? People listen but are they actually paying attention? So basically if you f*** up, they won’t notice!
So that was a little impression of how I used to feel about giving presentations. I’ve defiantly progressed since then but unfortunately I’m still not exactly where I would like to be. It’s a work in progress, the more times you do it, the better you’ll get. Very True. I must give some credit to my Presentations Strategies teacher Jackie St. Pierre. In the beginning of the school year she gave us useful pointers on how to overcome your speech anxiety. Here are some great tips to keep in mind, hope they help!
Observe you’re self carefully: Recall your thoughts, feelings and emotions last time you had to speak in public. Ask yourself what parts of your body are most affected. Think of weather it’s an organ of your body or an outward behaviour.
Assign imaginary roles to curb your speech anxiety: Distracting behaviours are bad! They might help you make it through the presentation but it makes you seem more nervous then you really are. Ask a friend to take note of the things you might do while presenting i.e.; fidget with hands, clothing, body accessories.
REHEARSE, REHEARSE, REHEARSE: You know what they all say, practice makes perfect. If you’re one of those people who can’t pull an awesome speech from their ass, then take the time to rehearse what you plan on saying! Get in front of a mirror and pretend you’re talking to an audience.