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How to speak in front of people for those who hate it

Imagine you get a meeting with the client that everyone in the industry dream of working with.

Your meeting is in three days and you'll have to present your case in front of everyone. Normally you're someone who never gets nervous or feels anxiety – but you do now. Big time!

Relax - there is help available.

Here are 8 tips to help you to keep your nerves under control:

1. Fantasize and think about how an ideal result of the presentation would look to you. Imagine that you've already made the presentation and it went great. Often it is so that when we have something important in front of us, we seem to forget that life goes on, even after the hard things we sometimes have to do.

2. Rehearse your presentation a hundred times. You already know that this is what it takes to make it good, but keep practicing because each training session is similar to the task you have waiting. Practice, practice, practice.

3. Write down key words on small cards – like the cue-cards you see people on television using – it's a perfect and proven way that will make you feel a lot more relaxed. The cards with the keywords will help you to remember what you have to say if you should get distracted. Large A-4 notes are useless. If your hand starts to tremble, it could throw you off completely.  

4. Practice breathing techniques. The trick that many nervous speakers use is to suck air into your lungs and hold it there for a few seconds, then breathe out. Repeat the procedure 3-5 times. It creates natural relaxation in the body.

5. Visit the venue of the presentation in advance if you can - it gives you a sense of control when you know what the place looks like.

6. When it's almost time and you sit there waiting for your turn - focus your energy on something other than what you are about to do. Try to make your arms as heavy as possible on your chair’s armrests. Press your arms down for a while and relax. Repeat it. It creates relaxation naturally. Intertwine your fists and relax - repeat.

7. Most people who are really good at speaking in public is more or less nervous. You need nervous energy to make a dynamic presentation - and as you probably already know – the nervousness inside is rarely seen on the outside.

8. If you want to be awesome in this area and take control completely you should read books about speaking in front of people for those who hate it because this is a problem that is filed under the category: Totally unnecessary fear!

About the author

Stefan Ekberg has worked in marketing for small business for 20 years and has written around 30 books on how small business owners can market themselves with limited resources. . In 2012 Stefan was nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year in Stockholm.

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