Wednesday, 25 November 2009

TEN TIPS on Controlling Nervousness

Know your subject matter...
and your notes.

Assess your audience... to gauge their needs and expectations.

Familiarise yourself...with the venue, equipment and acoustics.

Be ready to be called. Walk with confidence to the lectern, and place your notes securely.

Be still. Maintain your concentration. Take a deep breath and exhale - it relaxes the throat and face.

Look at the audience. Befriend them. Smile or gesture to command attention.

Build platform presence. Speak in a self-assured, enthusiastic manner to convince your audience that they need to hear your message. Be yourself.

Give your complete attention... to each sentence you speak.

Pause between thoughts.

In conclusion... smile, gather your notes, and exit with grace.

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