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.
- Before your first words, take a nice deep breath and then start talking.
- Present your first sentence to one person. Preferably a friendly looking person sitting near the center of the room.
- 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.
- Slow eye contact and breathing will keep you feeling and looking calmer.