Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 83 | Study Skills | Overcoming Nerves

Feeling nervous before giving a talk is a natural part of the process.  To ensure the nervous excitement you feel has a positive impact on your performance, do the following. (In the podcast)

  • Prepare carefully — be confident about what you are going to say, and how you are going to say it.
  • Memorize the opening — this will give you a strong start and make you confident. However, do not memorize verbatim because you could possibly go blank. Just memorize no more than 12 words for the opening.
  • Make a conscious effort to relax before the talk, whether it’s meditating, reading, or laughing.
  • Be in the room, if possible, before everybody else. Smile and greet your audience members as they arrive. I’ve realized this is AMAZING before my workshops (more details in podcast).
  • Accept your feelings, but see them positively, that is as excitement, rather than fear .


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