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RobWelcome to new readers who joined as a result of my 11 Deadly Presentation Sins webinar! In this monthly email, I promise to offer practical tips and fun reading to help you communicate more effectively and get more of what you want out of life.

—  Rob Biesenbach

Don't Let a Case of the Nerves Hold You Back

The jitters, nerves, stage fright—whatever you call it, it's the #1 question I get when talking about presentation skills. Here are 10 things you can do to conquer your fears:
  1. Accept It. If it's important, you should be nervous. Your adrenalin should be running high. The trick is to channel that into positive energy.
  2. Know your audience. They don't have to be strangers. Do online research, review the attendees list, talk to organizers, even interview a few people.
  3. Know your stuff. Anticipate every objection, fill every hole in your logic, know it backward and forward. Preparation builds confidence and poise.
  4. Have a backup plan. Don't let worries about technology weigh you down. Have multiple redundant backups and formats on hand and bring every conceivable adaptor known to science. 
  5. Rehearse. Presentation expert Nancy Duarte recommends THIRTY (30) hours of rehearsal for a one-hour presentation. Practice out loud, on your feet, and to yourself over and over and over.
  6. Focus. In the moments before you go on, separate yourself from others. Put all distractions—email, voicemail, social media—out of your mind.
  7. Warm up. Stretch your muscles. It gets your blood flowing, moves oxygen to the brain and provides an outlet for your energy.
  8. Practice your intro. Hit the ground running by going over your intro in your mind one last time.
  9. Breathe. Take three deep, cleansing breaths. That will help center and relax you.
  10. Be positive. I got a great tip from a musician: imagine the audience is made up of your friends. A good reminder to put fear aside and think positively.
Keep speaking and keep learning. As with anything else, the more you do it, the better you'll get. 

Free Webinar: 11 Deadly Presentation Sins

11 Deadly Presentation Sins: A Path to Redemption for Public Speakers

Are you stuck in PowerPoint Hell? Or are you putting others through it? Here's an opportunity for absolution.

Watch this webinar I did for Georgetown University and other schools. From Star Trek to Seth Godin, from Romeo & Juliet to Ricky Gervais, 11 Deadly Presentation Sins offers important lessons on how to keep your audience on the edge of their seats.

Soon you'll be able to get the book. It's in copyediting and design right now, so look for details in next month's email. In the meantime, watch the webinar or check out the list of sins here.

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