Public Speaking Tips: Most Nervousness Doesn’t Show

August 31, 2009 by  

One thing to remember about stage fright and public speaking nervousness is that most of the stuff that we FEEL doesn’t really show to the audience. This can help a lot if you think you’re the only one who is nervous.


One Response to “Public Speaking Tips: Most Nervousness Doesn’t Show”
  1. John Zimmer says:

    You raise an important point. Many inexperienced speakers will try to compensate for their nervousness by making a comment at the outset along the lines of “I’m not very good at public speaking . . .” or “I haven’t done many presentations . . .” and this is a bad thing to do. You are putting yourself behind the 8 ball before you have even begun.

    Dispense with these kinds of comments and jump right in. Most speeches are like university exams. The worst part is just before you go on. Once you start, you usually settle down and get into the flow of things and, as you say, most people will not notice any lingering nervousness.

    One more point: the best way to combat nerves is to prepare rigorously beforehand. Being prepared should give you the confidence you need going into the presentation.


    John Zimmer