So I have two upcoming presentations & I just don't know how I'm supposed to get through them. I have a pretty unimpressive track record with presentations and this one is worth 30 percent of my grade so it's absolutely essential that I ace it :) Any helpful tips? Even just visualizing the act of appearing on stage is making me feel nauseous :( I tend to mumble and turn bright red because I just feel everyone's eyes on me which makes me feel so uncomfortable. Anything at all will help because I can't possibly do worse, ahaha :) Also, if anyone is some sort of public speaker I would like to know how you make it seem so effortless. I always watch natural presenters and assume I can do the same simply by knowing my material through & through, but that's simply not the case :P
Most Helpful Guy
They don't want you to fail! Visualize yourself succeeding and practice!0
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I'm not the best person to ask for this, but I'll tell you what I have heard works and has kind of worked for me. I just have a huge fear of public speaking that I haven't seemed to fully overcome.
- Know your material inside and out. If you feel prepared and like you know what you are presenting, it will be easier to speak about when the time comes. You also won't be as flustered if someone asks a question during your presentation, too.
- Practice, practice, practice what you are going to say with any slideshows, notes, handouts, props, etc... that you plan on using. Get into the flow of saying what you've prepared, but without sounding like a robot. It wouldn't hurt having a practice audience either, even if it's just one or two people (friends, group members, family...)
- Once you are presenting, look at the back of the room instead of at people's faces. It's easier to talk to a wall than it is into the eyes of your peers typically. I know that throws me off otherwise.
Good luck with them!0