With college comes a lot of presentations and public speaking. For many individuals, getting up in front of a group of people is very challenging. I personally am very outgoing and am usually not afraid of speaking in front of a crowd of people. Although, when you are standing in front of your class, whether it be 5 students or 25 students, your nerves start acting up! This semester I have done the most presentations compared to other semesters here at UC and would like to share with you all ways that I have learned to overcome those jitters, as well as lessen the nerves while presenting.
Ways you can prepare for a presentation:
- Make sure you know your information inside and out, especially if there is a Q + A portion to the presentation.
- Go over your presentation – by yourself and to someone else – over and over again until you feel comfortable.
- I promise it will be okay.
- Prepare some type of outline and/or flashcards to look to for guidance. Professors extremely dislike when students read off of their slides and/or outline. I cannot stress that enough!
Ways to lessen your jitters and nerves when presenting:
- Try to be cautious of how fast you are talking. Sometimes when you are talking fast, the information you are trying to relay becomes all jumbled and unclear.
- This probably the most important thing.
- Find a focus point and don’t lose it. Sometimes looking at your classmates is helpful but usually it is just distracting. My tip is to look at their foreheads. This is helpful because it is giving everyone the illusion that you are making eye contact with them, but realistically you are not.
- Do not stand behind a computer or anything like that, as it will block you from your audience.
I hope these tips are helpful to you in the future and hopefully become more confident with giving presentations, as that is something that you will most likely have to do for the rest of your life. Personally, I have used these tips to help me with presenting and I have definitely seen a change in my confidence when getting up in front of people!