Presentation anxiety tips

Anxiety explained

I'm currently a student and my program requires a lot of presentations. I hate them and they always make me super nervous as I wait their anxiously for my turn. Any tips to get over this fear?

How do you perform once you get up to speak? Do you get through it and your message gets communicated? Or are your symptoms so intense that you can't get through it?

The situation where you're waiting your turn can be nerve-wracking! And getting nervous leading up to your presentation is normal.Check out the cheat sheet for tips.

Also see this post on new thought patterns that can reduce your anxiety and nervousness.

Also, do some relaxation exercises as you're sitting waiting for your turn.
Squeeze your right fist as tight as you can, then release. Then do the same with your left fist. This releases muscle tension through your arms, shoulders, neck and chest. Keep squeezing and releasing different parts of your body that are tense.

You can do this very subtly so it's not obvious. And even if others notice, it's not a big deal. It's important to know that you're allowed to be nervous and to do relaxation exercises before your turn - give yourself permission to do some relaxation exercises πŸ™‚

In addition to the progressive relaxation technique that I just described, take a deep breath and release it slowly and take a sip of water right before you talk. And most importantly, focus on your self-talk and change it to more constructive and realistic thoughts.

Dr. Cheryl Mathews Anxiety Coach