POWERPOINT IS widely used in our lives like school works or business reports. Making a PowerPoint slideshow not an easy thing to do, but compare to presenting it in front of large audience, it is nothing. It is natural that people will feel nervous when speaking in front of people. Even the president, no matter how well-prepared he is, he will still be nervous. Doing PowerPoint presentation should be easier than directly public speaking, for PowerPoint can help you to remember the contents and it could switch people’s focus from you a little bit.
The best speakers should learn to control their emotions and no longer feel awkward when hundreds of eyes are watching them. Scientific study indicates that it is true that the eyes could cause pressure on you. However, they have to manage to overcome the nervousness, fear and anxiety that public speaking used to trigger.
How to Overcome Nervousness?
1. Get prepared.
Normally people would feel better if do something with good preparation. People tend to get used to the familiar circumstances and feel nervous when facing strange places and strange people. So before you do the PowerPoint presentation, you can prepare yourself by knowing the room and the audience. Arrive early and walk around the room to test the microphone and decide the volume you would speak or how to make eye contact with the audience naturally. Get to know the background of the audiences would make it easier for you to get through the Q&A part.
2. Know who you are: don’t expect too much for yourself.
With bigger hopes come bigger disappointments. You need to have a clear expectation of yourself. Imagine that you’re walking through a single wood on the floor, you can walk naturally just like on the ground. It’s interesting that when placing the wood on like 10 storey’s high, can you still walk through it without being nervousness? You can’t, because you are afraid to fall down. So if you don’t put your expectation too high, you would not be afraid to lose, because you have nothing to lose.
3. Ask yourself: What is the worse that could happen?
You can wish what a great success the presentation would be. But to be realistic, you need to think of the worst that would happen. What is really the worst that could happen? How will it affect you? You may be wrapped by a sudden mistake. So knowing the worst in advance would calm you down.
4. People don’t really care about what you do.
Nervous often happens to those people who have stronger self-esteem. They focus too much on what people would think of them and think that people would criticize their mistakes for a long time. In fact, people don’t really care about what you do, what you say, or who you are. No one can remember all the details that happen in our lives. Knowing this allows you more inner freedom to do and try what you want since you’re not feeling trapped in box of other people’s opinions.
5. Stay in the present moment.
Nervousness comes from these negative imaginations of what may happen sometime in the future. Or from what happened in the past, perhaps from the last time you made an unpleasant PowerPoint presentation. When you stay in or return to the present moment, just focus on the scene and the sounds right in front of you, the nervousness dies out.
6. Turn Nervousness into Positive Energy.
The same nervous energy that causes stage fright can be an asset to you. Harness it, and transform it into vitality and enthusiasm.
7. Become an actor.
Sometimes acting as if you’re confident is helpful. Seeing is believing. If the audiences see that you’re confident, they would think that you’re confident.
8. Gain Experience.
To be real confidence, there is no method other than practice. Experience builds confidence, which is the key to effective speaking. Most beginning speakers find their anxieties decrease after each speech they give.
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