Though nerves before a presentation are natural, you can conquer them. Use these three tips:
- Memorize the beginning. A strong opening sets the stage for a great speech.
- Put things in perspective. Your listeners believe that you are the expert. They likely won’t know when you’ve stumbled unless you tell them.
- Smile. Smiling increases your sense of well-being and relaxes you.
— Adapted from “11 Tips for Calming Your Nerves Before a Big Presentation,” Jacquelyn Smith, www.businessinsider.com.