I'd like to share five strategies to help you use fear in a productive way, get calm and grounded, and make a powerful impression when you're speaking to an audience during workshop, seminar, retreat, or live event.
The key to staying calm is not getting nervous about feeling nervous. Finding a balance between controlling as much as you can, while recognizing there will be some things you can't control, is key to not letting your nerves interfere.
Performance anxiety is an elephant-in-the-room-sized issue for everyone who spends time on any kind of a stage. Yet only a fundamental shift in how performance anxiety is perceived will allow you to overcome and indeed transcend it.
I was 12 years old, and there was no way one could "get out of" the eighth grade at the Francis W. Parker School of Chicago without memorizing and reciting the poem. Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "Kubla Khan: or, A Vision in a Dream: A Fragment," to be precise.
I tried to think of ways to reduce my anxiety about giving a presentation, short of that old chestnut about calming yourself by imagining everyone in the audience in their underwear. Here are five ways to get ready for a presentation.