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 .