Partners in Performance Blog

Keith Urban’s Coaching Tip on Presentation Nerves

Presentation nervesLast week on American Idol one of the contestants made a funny grimace each time she thought she messed up. Afterwards during the critique, judge Keith Urban told her “there are no wrong notes…just the look on your face.” In other words, if she had carried on no one would have noticed the mistake. Or it would have been so minimal that it wouldn’t register as much as it did when her facial expression revealed what was going on inside her head. It’s … Read More

How To Prepare YOURSELF for Presentations: 5 Simple Steps to Stay Calm and Focused

calm-1 How do you prepare YOURSELF for presentations? In my last post, I offered three simple preparation steps to be on target for your next presentation. But all the preparation in the world won’t get successful results if you’re nervous or appear to be. It’s important to know how to prepare YOURSELF for your presentations.

I once worked with a woman who said she gets nervous because she knows everyone is looking at her. My advice to … Read More

Presentation Nerves: Avoid The Apology Mistake

In a recent UPFRONT Persuasion workshop, we were exploring how to overcome presentation nerves. One of the participants mentioned that her worst fear was going blank. It’s not fun when you’re staring out at your audience for what feels like an eternity and you have no idea where you are in your presentation or what you’re supposed to say next.

A fellow participant had been a competitive singer in her younger days and she commented on how points were lost when the … Read More

Performance Anxiety is Nasty

Do you get the shakes and quakes, stomach flips and painful mental images of crashing and burning during your business presentations? If so, you’re in good company. Performance anxiety and stage fright are as common for actors, musicians, athletes and comedians as it is for business professionals.

In an UPFRONT Persuasion Through Presentation skills workshop this week, a senior executive confided that he never knew when stage fright would rear its ugly head. He even named this pesky intruder his “gremlin.”

Performance anxiety can … Read More

Presentation Nerves? Whisper Sweet Nothings To Yourself

If you’re not mentally or emotionally ready to present, it’s impossible to show up with confidence and be persuasive. That can result in many undesired consequences.

Presentation nerves show up in different ways. Some are obvious. A shaky voice and trembling hands are clear indicators that the presenter is nervous. Nerves also show up in more subtle ways with distracting behaviours such as:

Racing through your content Using filler words like ‘ums’ Skittish eye contact Swaying hips Dancing feet Playing with a marker or pen … Read More