What to do? Well, according to the latest study, when asked to give an impromptu three-minute talk, research participants who first said to themselves, “I am excited,” scored higher on persuasiveness and confidence than those who told themselves, “I am anxious” or tried to calm down. So it’s better to channel that arousal in a positive direction by being energetic and passionate, according to researcher Alison Wood Brooks.
As a motivational speaker, I know the easiest way to calm my nerves is three-fold:
- Preparation. The number one way to reduce fear in any situation is to be prepared. This requires not waiting until the last minute to gather research and write the darn thing!
- Practice. Rather than avoid opportunities to speak, grab any chance that comes your way.
- Personal – NOT! Rather than making the presentation all about you, spin your focus and make it all about the audience. As many of my fellow speaker bloggers have previously mentioned, when we choose to show up and provide service to others, our anxiety reduces as a result.
I am excited! Are you?