Ok, so I know I say this a lot whenever I get a question about presenting, but this is especially important to point out.
Yes, despite my amazing abilities and expertise, I still get nervous. That’s part of being human. (I’m not a freakin acting robot.)
Two things I don’t recommend you doing when you get nervous:
Watch the video below to learn what to actually do:
AM I NERVOUS? OR EXCITED?
Think about the last time you were nervous. Your heart was racing. You were breathing fast. Your palms are getting a little sweaty.
Now think about the last time you were excited. Maybe it was Christmas morning and you’re ready to tear open those presents.
Or maybe you just got proposed to.
Your heart was racing. You were breathing fast. Your palms got a little sweaty.
Your body’s physical reaction to being nervous and excited are exactly the same!
The great thing is, we can use that to our advantage.
The next time you start to feel those physical reactions to what you call nerves when you step in front of a camera or on stage, reframe your reaction to it.
You’re not nervous. You’re excited.
Because the physical response to being nervous and excited are the same, we can reframe it in our mind.
Think about how some people interpret danger:
Some see roller coasters as scary and should be avoided at all costs. Other see it as a thrill and want to ride the tallest, fastest ones.
Ask someone who hates roller coasters how they physically feel when they’re riding a coaster. Then ask the same question to someone that’s an adrenaline junkie.
Their descriptions of what they feel will be physically identical!
It’s all about how they interpret those feelings in their mind.
We can anchor that heart racing, fast breathing, sweaty feeling with excitement.
Our bodies are going to react regardless, how you decide to interpret it is actually your choice! Repeat this choice enough (aka, practice), and it becomes easier and easier to deal with “nerves.”
So the next time you’re feeling nervous, remember what it feels like to feel excited (hint: it’s the same) and start reframing that nervousness as excitement.
That excitement is not only going to help stop your “nerves”, but that excitement is going to carry over into your presentation and make it killer.
Want more? I put together an awesome video, “The 3 biggest mistakes people make on camera (and how to fix them)”. The best part? It’s totally free.
Just slap your name and e-mail below and I’ll send it to you, you lucky lucky lil dog you!