Manage Your Nervousness Minutes Before A Presentation with These 5 Techniques so You Can Focus on Delivering With Charisma

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Minutes away from stepping onto that stage, there you are struggling with your handling your nervousness.

Your heart is racing. Your palms are sweaty. You feel a lump in your throat.

We’ve all been there, and it’s perfectly normal to feel nervous before a presentation.

The good news?

You can overcome that nervousness and deliver an impressive presentation.

In this blog, we’ll explore 5 practical techniques to help you calm down your nerves minutes before you face the audience.

Turn those worries into a powerful energy for your presentation.

1. Inhale Confidence and Exhale Fear

One of the simplest yet most effective techniques to manage nervousness is deep breathing.

Take a moment to focus on your breath.

Inhale slowly and deeply to allow your lungs to fill with air.

Hold for a few seconds, and then exhale slowly.

Repeat this inhaling and exhaling process several times.

Deep breathing helps calm yourself and lessens your nervousness.

You also regain a sense of control.

As you breathe in and out, you signal to your body that it’s time to relax.

Breathing in and out eases the tension that often comes with the nerves.

​2. Visualise Your Desired Result

Visualisation is a powerful technique to convince your mind to believe in your success.

Close your eyes and visualise yourself on stage.

Imagine you’re confidently delivering your presentation to an engaged audience.

Visualise the smiles and applauses of an interested audience.

By mentally rehearsing a positive outcome, you persuade your mind to see the stage with success rather than panic.

This simple yet effective technique can shift your focus from nervousness to confidence.

3. Strike Powerful Poses

Your body language speaks loudly both to the audience and also to your mind.

Doing power poses like standing tall, with shoulders back, and chest lifted can help you feel confident.

Spend a few minutes in a private space before your presentation to strike a powerful pose.

This sends signals of confidence to your brain and improves your overall stage presence.

When you step onto the stage, maintain an open posture to show your confidence.

4. Do A Light Physical Activity to Calm Down the Nerves

​Light physical activity can do wonders to get rid of nervousness.

Take a brisk walk, do some gentle stretches, or shake out your limbs.

Physical movement releases tension and excess energy.

This will then make you feel more grounded and focused.

Just a few minutes of light activity can help a lot.

A light physical activity channels your energy positively.

You’ll step on the stage with excitement.

5. Build Your Confidence by Saying Positive Words

Words have the power to shape our reality.

Change negative thoughts with positive affirmations to build self-confidence.

Repeat phrases like:
“I am well-prepared.”
“I am a capable speaker.” or
“I have so much value to share.”

By affirming your abilities, you shift your mindset from doubt to confidence.

Remember, your mind believes what you tell it, so choose your words wisely.

Choose positive affirmations as a mental shield against nervousness.

Believe in yourself to deliver a successful presentation.

As you do these 5 techniques, remember that managing your nervousness is a step-by-step process.

Follow each technique and practice consistently.

Equip yourself with the confidence to calm down your nerves effectively.

Believe you’re able to deliver an amazing presentation.

You got this!

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