Nerves of Steel
November 11, 2010, Presentation Delivery, Presentation Preparation
It is perfectly natural to be nervous before giving a presentation. If you have prepared and practiced appropriately, often your nerves will subside after a few minutes into your presentation as you start to feel comfortable with the audience and you realize that your delivery is going smoothly and you are hitting all of your key points.
But, what happens when you are suddenly veered off your path? What if someone in the audience interrupts the flow of your presentation and causes you to forget what you should say next?
There isn’t much that you can do about the unexpected. It happens to many presenters, even the most seasoned. So, how should you react to keep those nerves from stirring back up and getting you flustered? What measures can you put into place to get yourself back on track?
Dianna Booher’s article, 5 Fail-Safe Tips When You Forget or Get Flustered During a Presentation, talks about her experience with this as a professional speaker and trainer. The article also provides five tips for regaining your memory so that you don’t let the audience see you sweat.