Getting nervous on stage with hundreds of people listening to you is never easy. Even when you’re in a small meeting room facing a bunch of potential investors, you don’t feel too confident. It doesn’t even matter if you prepared well for the presentation. Once you’re there, things start to sink in, and you begin to shake. These are the reasons why you feel that way.
You are yet to practice talking to a crowd
When you made your presentation and practised what you have to say, you were alone. At most, you had your friends come over and listen to you. However, you don’t know how it feels to be in front of a big crowd. The moment you see people coming inside the venue, it starts to dawn on you that it’s happening. You will then start shaking because you can no longer turn back.
You think of the worst
You worry that your sound system will fail and no one will listen to you. It’s also possible that people will boo your statements or even get bored. Your negative mentality makes you nervous. Since you keep thinking that the worst is going to happen, it will take your confidence away.
You memorised what to say
The problem when you memorise your speech is that you could end up forgetting it. You need to speak organically and show that you know what you’re talking about. There’s nothing wrong in having index cards as a guide or slides containing the summary of what you want to say. You can also have an AV wall mount to make it easy to show these slides on the screen or monitor. The problem is when you memorised things word-for-word. If you forget one thing, you will mess up everything else. It’s also why you have heightened fear before you start the presentation.
You’re not confident of the content
It’s a big problem when you’re about to head out, and you don’t feel confident about what to say. When you’re selling products and services to the attendees, it will show that you don’t believe what you are saying. It’s even worse in a small meeting room when you’re trying to present your ideas to potential investors. Since you worry that they won’t like what you’ll say, you start to get nervous. The key is to only present when you are confident about what you’re going to say. You can’t fake it since people will know.
You feel alone
Another reason why you feel worried is that you created the ideas and you didn’t listen to anyone else on your team. You fear that when things don’t go well, you’re the only person to blame. Therefore, you need to consider what everyone thinks about it before heading out there to present. You will also feel the support of your team as you begin to speak, and it will boost your confidence.
Hopefully, you will feel confident the moment you head out and talk. Stay calm, and it will soon be over.
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