By: TSP Blog | @TSProckstars
We've all been there. The days leading up to a big presentation or an important client meeting. You're nervous, your hands are sweating, and your heart drops to your stomach at the thought of messing up or underperforming. Workplace nerves are not ideal, but normal for those in high stress jobs. Don't let your anxiety get in the way. Here are four helpful tips to overcoming your nerves.
The best way to avoid the presentation jitters is to plan ahead. Do your homework, and be knowledgeable on what you're talking about. This way, in the event you forget something, you will be able to continue without choking up. Try to have two to three questions ready in case the conversation slows down, and practice your answers to those questions if someone asks. This way, you feel prepared and confident.
Ask yourself, "What is the worst that could realistically happen?", and be prepared to handle the outcome. If something "bad" does occur, take it as a learning opportunity and grow from your mistakes, because everyone makes them. Also try visualizing the result in a positive way, this will get you into a confident, relaxed headspace.BREATHE
As simple as it sounds, breathing techniques are great ways to relieve or minimize stress. As a form of mediation, breathing is encouraged by experts to create a healthy mindset in 10 minutes or less. It can even decrease blood pressure and increase energy levels. Walking around and getting rest are also important for staying energized and excited. So, before that presentation or meeting, take a deep breath and crush it!
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
There is no such thing as "perfect", but you can get pretty close. We all had this phrase wired into our heads since we were little, but when overcoming nerves and stress, practicing is key. The more you go over your material and have a plan of action, the less anxiety you will have. The importance of practice is the difference between good and great. If you have a presentation, gather a group of friends and practice for them. This will allow you to get feedback and feel more confident in the actual presentation.
GET USED TO IT
Yes, this sounds kind of harsh, but getting used to the feeling of embarrassment or social anxiety can really help acclimate your mind to conquering nerves. If you're mentally prepared for the worst possible outcome, anything better is considered successful. Anticipating the result is helpful in increasing self-confidence. Here are some more tips on conquering embarrassment.
Overcoming nerves is not easy, and it won't happen in a short period of time, but you can become a confident, successful leader while staying mentally stable.