Yes, You Can Get over Presentation Anxiety

One of the ways people are taught to get over their fears is simply by facing them. Hence – just do it. If that’s the best we have for addressing presentation anxiety, it’s not enough.

Eventhough I, too, have offered quick fixes with the confident by tomorrow morning approach, tactics like this address circumstantial-, not long term -relief.

“Just do it” – without attention paid to some key areas of presentation development  – leaves us right back where we started from – fearing we will flop, and we do. However, the point to get is, yes, you can get over presentation anxiety, if you are willing to make gradual progress.

So if you are willing to be realistic, to get some gradual progress, to learn techniques, become self-aware and apply continual practice, over time you can get over presentation anxiety.

When this happens, you know it is well-worth it. Confidence in speaking to groups helps us not only with career. It puts more wind in our sails as a whole.

So consider the following suggestions for presentation development:

  1. Think strategically. I used to abhor the word “strategy”, for I didn’t think that way. I didn’t play chess and I didn’t care about history or war. Because of these things, strategy was a discipline that had no value to me. Thankfully, today I believe in strategy, in part because it helps me see my value and the value of my individual messages. But also because I can see how the parts contribute to the whole without having to talk about everything involved with the whole. Listeners are quite glad about this.
  2. Get to the point. One of the most difficult lessons is discovering your point – similar in my eyes to making a decision. Both involve selecting, owning and then communicating. Without our ability to get to the point, we make none.
  3. Believe. In yourself, in what you are saying, and in the audience’s interest in you.

The rest is detail – prepare, practice, do it more, keep doing it, keep thinking and get over yourself. Then find the freedom of flying, with the wind in your sails.






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On September 26th, 2012, posted in: anxiety, confidence, fear of failure, focus, hone your message, Uncategorized by