- Take a breath
Check in with yourself now (I mean NOW!), you are probably shallow breathing from high in your chest. Take some real deep belly breaths, breathe in and push that stomach out (when we normally say breathe in we suck our stomachs in). Breathe in and hold for 4 seconds then breathe out for 7 seconds. Can you feel your shoulders dropping? Feels good doesn’t it? Be aware of your breathing throughout the next couple of days and see what a difference it makes.
- What are you thinking?
Your chatterbox will be running loose, what is it telling you? ‘You’ll look a fool’, ‘You’ll have a panic attack’, ‘Stay safe, it’s better not to have a go’. These are you beliefs generating fear – False Evidence Appearing Real.
- Where’s the evidence?
Write down the evidence that it WON’T happen – ‘My last 3 presentations received positive feedback.’ ‘I was able to put my point across in the last meeting and it was well received.’
- Be your own best friend
What would you say to your friend if they were sharing this fear with you?
If you don’t believe in these, just give it a go, that’s what I did and they work! Repeat a positive statement; write it down for greater effect. ‘I am a confident and relaxed presenter.’ ‘My business is successful and I am excited, enthusiastic and confident to talk about it.’
- Do something different
What can you do differently? What are you prepared to do? Give yourself more time to prepare for a presentation? Do some breathing exercises? Say an affirmation? Ask for help? If you keep doing what you do you will keep getting what you’ve got!
- Change the label
Finally what about changing the label, is it butterflies in your stomach? Is it tension in your throat? Does it feel the same as excitement! So could you be excited rather than anxious????