Learns These Top Confidence Tips And Wow Your Audience Every Time.
Some nerves are good. They help us perform well. But shaking like a leaf does the opposite. Here are 19 tried and tested tips and 1 bonus to give you the gravitas you desire.
- Nerves are good and can help you perform at your best. Accept them as friends.
- It’s not about you. Put your focus on helping your audience rather than yourself.
- Develop a preparation routine. Athletes, actors and performers have a routine to get into the right state of mind and body to perform well. Use these tips to create yours.
- Change your state. One of the best ways to energise yourself is to do something different with your body. Jump, shout or beat your chest.
- Visualize doing well. Close your eyes and see yourself acting in the way you would like. If you think you can you can. If you think you can’t your right.
- Visualize your audience responding well.
- Create a trigger. Think of a time when you were feeling strong, successful and confident. Make it really intense. Add colour, sounds and details to the picture. Now attach a physical ‘trigger’ by tugging your ear, pinching yourself. Anything that others won’t notice. Keep practising and next time you need that feeling use the trigger.
- Prepare: There is no substitute for knowing your subject.
- Breathe. Long, peaceful breaths tell our minds and bodies that everything is okay. In through the nose, out through the mouth.
- Use your energy. Standing absolutely still can result in nervous energy appearing in irritating tics or shaking hands. Use your energy by moving and using the space.
- Practise your opening. Script your opening so you can do it without notes or looking at the slides.
- Rehearse. Rehearsal of the opening few lines can help enormously because you take away the fear.
- Practise in front of the mirror. Especially the beginning of your talk. It helps you to get going.
- Exercise your voice and face.
– Yawn freely to open the throat x 3
– Breath in through nose and then exhale with a fff or sss until out of breath
– Hum gently up and down the vocal range. Put the chin down and then up
– Breath in through nose and then exhale with vvv or zzz until out of breath
– Pull some faces
– Blow air like a horse and then smack lips together
- Think about when you have presented well. What went well. Do more of that.
- If you are concerned about difficult comments or questions. Decide in advance what you’ll say to handle them.
- Act confident and then you will feel confident
- Be specific about any worries and make contingency plans to deal with them
- Trust in yourself
Bonus Top Tip: Unfavourable Comparison. When we compare ourselves with other people we tend to compare their strengths with our own weaknesses.