I’m getting ready to do my first ever Ted Talk and I’m feeling a little nervous! It’s totally normal to be a bit anxious about something like this, but I feel like it’s taking over me. I keep imagining that things will go wrong or that I’ll flub my delivery. That can’t be good for my overall presentation.
Knowing that the audience is full of experts in the field doesn’t help either. Somehow I’ve got to find a way to push through those pesky nerves and focus on doing a great job!
Fortunately, I have some reinforcements. There are lots of online resources out there for people in similar situations as me offering practical tips on how to reduce anxiety and boost confidence during speaking engagements. Reading these and learning from others’ experiences has made me feel a little more comfortable with the idea of standing up in front of an audience and delivering a talk.
I’m also telling myself that no matter what happens, it’s just an experience that will help me move forward in life. By keeping my goals realistic, yet confident, I strongly believe that no matter what happens, when all is said and done, I’ll be able to come out of this event with my head held high - even if it doesn’t go as planned!