Have stage fright?
Here are some tips to think about, the next time you need to liven up your presentation:
Tips from TED Talks
Burn Off a Little Cortisol
ortisol is secreted by your adrenal glands when you’re anxious or stressed. High levels of cortisol limit your creativity and your ability to process complex information; when you’re buzzed on cortisol, it’s almost impossible to read and react to the room. The easiest way to burn off cortisol is to exercise. Work out before you leave for work, take a walk at lunch, or hit the gym before a speaking engagement. (If you’ve ever felt more grounded after slogging through a solid workout you now know why.)
Create Two Contingency Plans
If you’re like me, “what if?” is your biggest source of anxiety: what if your PowerPoint presentation fails, someone constantly interrupts, or your opening falls flat? Pick two of your biggest fears and create contingency plans. What will you do if the projector fails?
Establish a Pre-Routine
Superstitions are an attempt to “control” something we’re afraid of. (Lucky socks don’t make an athlete perform better.) Instead of creating a superstition, create a routine that helps center you emotionally. Walk the room ahead of time to check sight lines.
Set a Backup Goal
Say you’re speaking to a civic group on behalf of a charity you realize your presentation is falling flat. In response people usually either try too hard or basically give up. If your primary goal is to land a contract and you can tell you won’t succeed, shift to planting the seeds for another attempt down the road.
Share a Genuinely Emotional Story
ow let’s look at unusual ways to instantly improve your presentations. Many speakers tell self-deprecating stories, but simply admitting a mistake is a waste if you only use it to highlight how far you’ve come. Instead, tell a story and let your emotions show. If you were sad, say so. If you cried, say so. If you felt remorse, let it show.