A Jeopardy Answer: Fear of heights.Fear of your death.Fear of your spouse’s death.Fear of dentistry.Fear of insects.So what is the question?
You have a lot of company if you feel fearful about delivering a public presentation. You are NOT alone! What is fear? False Evidence Appearing Real
What if someone asks a question I’m unprepared for? What if someone in the audience is rude or distracting? What if I forget my material? What if I lose or bore the audience? What if my equipment malfunctions? Reality Checks What if I do something embarrassing? • Embrace all irrational beliefs. • Ask yourself, “Is there tangible evidence to support my fear?” • Dredge up each of your fears, then deflate each one: What if people can see that I’m nervous?
Fear-Reducing Strategies that Help or Claim To Help • Accept that you always may feel some fear. • Prepare, prepare, prepare and practice, practice, practice. • Deep breathing. • Picturing the audience in their underwear. • Visualization • Cognitive reciting
“We wouldn’t care what other people thought about us if we only knew how little they did.” More Tips • Take a moment for yourself before beginning. • Never, ever apologize for nervousness. • Arrive early and meet people • Beware uncomfortable clothing! • Shake off energy through movement