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Top 5 tips for keeping calm before a presentation

Jul 20, 2015
A male presenting a conference to a crowd of people

A cold sweat, racing heart and clammy hands, is this you before a presentation?

Don’t worry, this is how most of us feel when presenting, but by following our handy tips you could deliver a presentation that will impress even the toughest audiences whilst maintaining your cool.

Handy tip 1: Plan and prepare your presentation well in advance

The key to a successful presentation is planning your content and having a good understanding of what you are talking about. Practice really does make perfect, and a well rehearsed presentation will work wonders to calm your nerves beforehand.

Handy tip 2: Get everything ready the day before

It sounds obvious, but it’s pretty easy to keep thinking you have loads of time and then before you know it, it’s the day of the presentation and you’ve forgotten your laptop or hand outs. This really won’t help with pre-presentation nerves, so being organised is key!

Handy tip 3: Don’t try and memorise every word

There’s a big difference between reading and speaking. Reading straight from your notes or slides will risk turning your audience off. Speaking about your subject will have your audience engaged, showing them your personality.

Handy tip 4: Arrive early

Don’t be late! Allow yourself plenty of time to arrive at your venue, check out your room and set up any equipment you may need for your presentation. Allowing yourself extra time will ensure you will not be late.

Handy tip 5: Drink a glass of water

A dry mouth is a common result of anxiety. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water before your presentation (just make sure you go to the toilet before you start). Keep a bottle of water with you whilst presenting in case you get dry mouth whilst talking. It’s also a good prop to have, should you need a moment to gather your thoughts.

If you’re looking for somewhere to host your presentation, here at West Park we have the latest equipment and a wide range of catering facilities on offer, so all you’ll need to worry about is preparing your presentation.

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