Nervous Habits While Public Speaking
Dare I say I’m already sore from this morning’s workout? Ha! I think that’s some sort of record! Whenever I do an intense lifting workout, my appetite is pretty sky-high for the rest of the day, too. By 10 a.m. I was already ready for lunch! Instead of a mid-morning lunch, I had Shane meet me at the café at work and buy me a coffee and a snack. It sufficed
When lunchtime did roll around, I stopped home to let the pupster out, and grabbed a mini-me of last night’s dinner:
Plus a snack for later:
Peppers, chips, and hummus.
Next month I have to give a presentation to a local group about fitness and social media. I love both of these topics, and have TONS of information to share. I’m confident about the topic and about sharing my knowledge, but I have a confession: I hate public speaking!!
I have to really give myself pep talks in order to go through with it. I need to just get over it because being a good public speaker is such an important quality. However, I get pretty nervous before I have to present. Although I’ve been working on it, I actually have a few nervous actions that tend to make their appearance while public speaking:
- playing with my necklace. I actually don’t even wear necklaces while public speaking anymore because I’ll sit there and play with it the entire time.
- running out of breath. When I public speak, I tend to use up all my breath and forget how to breathe. This is sometimes a problem, haha
- saying “um, and, uh” a lot
Now, I’m working on all of these habits, and would like to say I’m getting better and better. I have a trick, though, that I practice whenever I have to present: channel someone who’s confidence I value.
Basically, I think of someone I know who’s cool, confident, and someone people look up to, and I channel that person as I’m presenting. Most of the time, it works like a charm
What are some of your nervous habits when public speaking? Any tips or tricks that help ease your nerves?