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10 Steps to Successful Presentations by ASTD

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STEP NINE

Pause and Refresh— Relax, You’ll Do Fine

OVERVIEW

Using techniques to steady your nerves

Harnessing the power of positive thinking

Preparing on the day of the presentation

Handling emergencies while presenting

Managing Q&A sessions

Does the thought of having to give a presentation immediately bring up thoughts of stage fright, presentation jitters, nervousness, butterflies, fretting, anxiety, and foreboding? If so, keep in mind that it is natural to be nervous before giving a presentation. Almost everyone gets butterflies— the trick is to harness this nervous energy and direct it into delivering a stellar presentation.

Whatever you do, do not start off by saying, “Whew, am I nervous!” and broadcasting your fear. Participants ...

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