Did you know that the average person is more afraid of public speaking than of death? In today’s professional world, where building relationships is vital to your success, it is imperative that we learn how to speak effectively.
Maybe this sounds familiar, you’re at a networking event, waiting nervously for your turn in the spotlight. You’re wiping the sweat off of your palms, and practicing deep breathing to control the butterflies in your stomach. Now you’re looking for an escape route and going through excuses in your head to get out the door. If this is you, the truth is it could be really hurting your professional life.
Throughout your career, there will be many different scenarios where you will have to speak in front of a group. Presentations to express new products or ideas, BNI meetings to share what your company is all about, and sales pitches to close deals are just a few of the most crucial.
The next time you are at a networking event or giving a presentation and the nerves hit, try these 5 tips to reduce presentation nervousness from Preston Ni:
1) Don’t Expect Perfection from Yourself. None of us are perfect.
2) Avoid Equating Public Speaking to Your Self-Worth.
3) Avoid Being Nervous About Your Nervousness.
4) Avoid Trying to Memorize Every Word.
5) Avoid Reading Word for Word.
Sarah Krotz, Engagement and Operations Director