How to battle stage fright and crush your end of year presentation

If getting up in front of your boss has your palms sweaty, knees weak, and arms heavy, here are a few tricks you can use to project confidence:

December 4, 2017

The New Year’s fast-approaching, and that means one thing: end of year slide decks.

Pre-holiday recap meetings are a great opportunity to brag about you and your team’s accomplishments — but they’re also a source of dread for anyone who hates public (or semi-public) speaking.

If thinking about getting up in front of your boss has your palms sweaty, knees weak, and arms heavy, here are a few tricks from public speaking guru Anett Grant you can use to project confidence even if there’s vomit on your sweater already:

Be honest with yourself 

If you know you get nervous with the higher-ups in the room, you can prepare for it. Convincing yourself that you don’t have speaking anxiety and then trying to “wing-it” is probably not the best game plan.

Just because you had a bad speech, doesn’t mean you’re a bad speaker

Ok, so you puked on a board member during last year’s elevator pitch. But as Edna Mode puts it, “never look back dahling, it distracts from the now.” Today’s a new day. Seize the slide deck.

Plan out concepts, not words

Even if you rehearse your entire presentation verbatim, you’re gonna slip up on a transition somewhere down the line. Focus on the big concepts you want to drive home, and don’t get rattled if you stumble on a word or two.

Alright, pep talk over. Now go get Tony Robbins on your next presentation.

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