10 Tips for Successful
Feeling some nervousness before giving a speech is natural
and healthy. It shows you care about doing well. But, too
much nervousness can be detrimental. Here's how you can
control your nervousness and make effective, memorable presentations:
- Know the room. Be familiar with the place in
which you will speak. Arrive early, walk around the speaking
area and practice using the microphone and any visual
- Know the audience. Greet some of the audience
as they arrive. It's easier to speak to a group of friends
than to a group of strangers.
- Know your material. If you're not familiar with
your material or are uncomfortable with it, your nervousness
will increase. Practice your speech and revise it if necessary.
- Relax. Ease tension by doing exercises.
- Visualize yourself giving your speech. Imagine
yourself speaking, your voice loud, clear, and assured.
When you visualize yourself as successful, you will be
- Realize that people want you to succeed. Audiences
want you to be interesting, stimulating, informative,
and entertaining. They don't want you to fail.
- Don't apologize. If you mention your nervousness
or apologize for any problems you think you have with
your speech, you may be calling the audience's attention
to something they hadn't noticed. Keep silent.
- Concentrate on the message -- not the medium. Focus
your attention away from your own anxieties, and outwardly
toward your message and your audience. Your nervousness
- Turn nervousness into positive energy. Harness
your nervous energy and transform it into vitality and
- Gain experience. Experience builds confidence,
which is the key to effective speaking.