Controlling Your Nerves When Presenting: No Vomiting Allowed!


Director, BetterPresenting
Webinar Recording Details


What do you do when you have to lead a virtual presentation but your heart is beating out of your chest and your world is spinning a mile per second? And all you can feel is the overwhelming urge to vomit. And your biggest concern is to avoid peeing your pants. Your friends might be full of good intentions as they try to calm you down and say to you “Don’t be Nervous.” But is calm the right state of mind for a presentation? And can you make yourself not be nervous? The answer is “no” to both. Nerves are your fuel; nerves can be your friend.

The question becomes what you do with all of that energy coursing through your body and this webinar explores specific strategies to adopt, skills to learn, and actual behaviors to employ to help you feel more comfortable before an audience.
  • Learn how to laugh
  • The right way to slow down
  • How to gesture properly
  • And when and when not to make eye contact

This session is for anyone who wants to face down nervousness and find their authentic selves before their virtual audiences. Most of this hour will apply to in-person presentations, as well.

About Rick Altman

Rick Altman has been hired by hundreds of companies, listened to by tens of thousands of professionals, and read by millions of people, all of whom seek better results with their presentation content and delivery. He covers the whole of the industry, from message crafting, through presentation design, slide creation, software technique, and delivery. He is the host of the Presentation Summit, now in its 16th season as the most prominent learning event for the presentation community.

Away from the conference, he regularly leads private presentation skills development workshops within organizations and is working on the fourth edition of the popular and provocatively-titled Why Most PowerPoint Presentations Suck, and how you can make them better.

Altman came to presentations through publishing and graphic design. He claims to have invented desktop publishing back in 1982 and can show a galley sheet of type that was produced by connecting his Osborne 1 computer to a typesetter across town with a 300-baud modem (that cost $800). An avid sportsman, he was not a good enough tennis player to make it onto the professional tour. All the rest of this has been his Plan B…

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