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How to Control Your Nerves Before and During Your Presentation

Many people would say that giving a presentation is the scariest thing they need to do at work. Indeed, some people who do it a lot still find it a real challenge to get their nerves under control. Happily, a little nervousness can give you a bit of an edge. And there are plenty of techniques to help control your nerves and keep excessive fear under control.

Get our Presentation Skills Toolkit, which accompanies this course

Watching this video is worth 2 Management Courses CPD Points*.
๐Ÿ”Ž See below for details

This video is part of course module 2.2.2
Program 2: Manager as Communicator
Course 2: Presentation Skills
Section 2: Delivery

Other videos in this section include:
๐ŸŽฌ Preparation is Key: How to Review and Rehearse Your Presentation https://youtu.be/_9bOgcBNaeU
๐ŸŽฌ How to Control Your Nerves Before and During Your Presentation https://youtu.be/ztB6Qj4NnD4
๐ŸŽฌ Travelling to Your Presentation: Speakers Checklists for Rad Warrior Presenters https://youtu.be/n9LNTAhtWs8
๐ŸŽฌ Basic Platform Skills: Giving a Great Presentation https://youtu.be/ReEK7ZTK7nM
๐ŸŽฌ Advanced Platform Skills: Master-level Presentation Tips https://youtu.be/mOEhksbVcHs
๐ŸŽฌ Managing Audience Questions in Your Presentation [inc the Tough Ones!] https://youtu.be/Qygaao2pB5U

Eustress : the level of stress at which we perform at our peak.
Too much stress and we find the fear can cause our nerves to impact our performance adversely. Yoo little stress, we can find that complacency leads us to underperform against our true potential.

Four Points of Control
1. Preparation
2. Your Environment
3. Mental Control – Visualization and Self-talk
4. Physiological (body) Control

Next time you need to deliver a presentation, try all these techniques to control your nerves:
1. Preparation – see our video https://youtu.be/_9bOgcBNaeU (2 MC CPD Points)
2. Get your environment right (2 MC CPD Points)
3. Visualization and Self-talk (2 MC CPD Points)
4. Get your body relaxed (2 MC CPD Points)

Free Resources
๐Ÿงฐ CPD Tools – https://gum.co/MC-CPD
Paid resources
๐Ÿงณ Management Courses Onboarding Kit – https://gum.co/MC-ObK ($3)

My top recommendation is my own book:
๐Ÿ“– How to Speak so people Listen – https://geni.us/HSPL
Other Recommendations:
๐Ÿ“– The Presentation Book – https://geni.us/6sqr
๐Ÿ“– Presentation Zen – https://geni.us/mrvmeh
๐Ÿ“– The Pyramid Principle – https://geni.us/9cbjvBs
๐Ÿ“– The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs – https://geni.us/KJpG

โญ•๏ธ Links to our book recommendations are affiliated through Amazon and help support our free videos

Managers Need a Basic set of kit to do your job well. Here are my top recommendations: https://kit.co/MikeClayton/manager-s-work-kit (the links are affiliated)

I have also created a Presenterโ€™s Kit to accompany this course:
https://kit.co/MikeClayton/presenter-s-kit (the links are affiliated)

You can record your Management Courses CPD points on our free, downloadable CPD record log.
๐Ÿ““ Download it at: https://gum.co/MC-CPD
Each video has two levels of MC CPD points. For this video:
– If you simply watched the video, record 2 MC CPD points
– If you also carried out all of the recommended exercises, score a total of 10 MC CPD points

00:00 – Giving a presentation is scary
00:37 – Eustress – optimize your stress level
01:26 – Four points of control
01:43 – Preparation
03:22 – Your environment
04:27 – Mental Control
04:49 – Visualization
05:57 – Self-talk
06:51 – Physiology – your body
08:05 – And finallyโ€ฆ

#ManagementCourses #PresentationSkills #ControlYourNerves


Managing Audience Questions in Your Presentation [inc the Tough Ones!]
Advanced Platform Skills: Master-level Presentation Tips
Basic Platform Skills: Giving a Great Presentation
Travelling to Your Presentation: Speaker’s Checklists for Road Warrior Presenters
Preparation is Key: How to Review and Rehearse Your Presentation
How to Create Excellent Visual Aids for Your Presentation
How to Make the Key Points of Your Presentation Memorable
Closing: How to Finish Your Presentation and Close with Real Impact
Open Your Presentation: How to Hook your Audience with a Great Start
Five Simple Presentation Structures for a Compelling Presentation
How to Craft a Compelling Presentation Structure
How to Craft a Compelling, Persuasive, and Powerful Presentation
How to Define Your Presentation: Defusing the B.O.M.B.
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Mike Clayton

About Mike Clayton 

Dr Mike Clayton is a (former) Project Manager and now a management educator. Having trained thousands of people at live workshops, seminars, and conferences, he now delivers training mainly via video. He has 14 books with international publishers and runs two successful YouTube channels. He is also the founder of OnlinePMCourses.com

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