Anxiety a Natural Response
No matter how much experienced a presenter or public speaker gets to be, every presentation event brings along some degree of anxiety. I for one have not been able to get rid of anxiety before training even with all my years in training! Anxiety is a natural and human response, it cannot be eliminated but can be managed. I therefore resolved to embrace it as part of the game of training. I will share a few anxiety management tips below.
Anxiety Management with Positive Attitude
While one cannot wish away anxiety, one can still adopt a practical approach to dealing with it. Like appreciating the positive role that anxiety plays during public speaking. Anxiety has the positive role of guarding against complacency and taking your audience for granted. Anxiety also energizes and spurs one to do thorough and elaborate preparations for the presentation. So anxiety in these instances has a positive role.
A practical approach to dealing with anxiety demands that one gets as much advantage from the positives that anxiety affords while minimizing the negatives that come with anxiety. If managed well, anxiety can thus be a tool to make a presentation more effective.
Dealing with Anxiety
There are a number of things a presenter can do to get best out of anxiety while minimizing its negative effects. I have found the list below to be helpful in anxiety management. The list is however not exhaustive.
- Adequate planning and preparation
- Positive attitude
- Deep breathing exercises
- Relaxation techniques
- Good posture
- Good position in training room
- Movement while training
Anxiety Management Tips
I realized that I am less anxious when I am well prepared for my presentations and training. My preparations includes:
- Preparation of the training materials
- Thorough acquaintance with my training materials
- Preparation of self for training delivery
- Preparation of training venue
- Familiarization with training venue
- Preparation of training equipment
I also found deep breathing, physical exercises, and other relaxation techniques to help release tension from anxiety. I therefore incorporate these into my pre-training rapporteur of activities to help reduce tension.
Anxiety need not be “the killer” to a great training, presentation or public speaking event! So go out there and make those powerful training events, awesome presentations and fabulous public speaking in spite of your anxiety!