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How to feel and appear calm, cool and collected

Question submitted from one of our members:

How to I avoid the stress of feeling and looking unprepared while giving my presentation?

Sheri’s Response: You need to take your time when you are feeling stressed and under-prepared. Be especially aware of pausing and breathing throughout your presentation.

  1. Before your first words, take a nice deep breath and then start talking.
  2. Present your first sentence to one person. Preferably a friendly looking person sitting near the center of the room.
  3. Slowly begin to move your eye contact to a second and then a third person. At the end of each thought, take a nice breath and slowly move your eyes to another person and resume speaking. Be aware of taking a breath at the end of key points.
  4. Slow eye contact and breathing will keep you feeling and looking calmer.
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