Performance (or ‘Presentation’) Anxiety falls under ‘Social Anxiety’ category.

In this article, I’m going to talk about how to deliver a successful presentation, using my 3 top tips from my psychotherapy practice.

People tend to think that performance anxiety refers to presenter delivering a speech to hundreds of people. But it can also cover a one-to-one situation, such as delivering a sales speech. Basically, every time the sufferer feels he or she is being put on ‘display’, anxiety issues hit.

Let’s talk about how severe this type of anxiety can be.

First of all, even the most seasoned of speakers/ salespeople will feel anxiety in performing situations. They are, however, trained to cope with anxiety nerves and will go into a confident ‘presenter mode’ despite feeling anxiety.

Companies are recognizing the need to INVEST in the sales staff and hire coaches and therapists to help with presentation nerves.

What is the impact of dealing with Presentation Anxiety?

For someone with severe low self-esteem and anxiety problems, the impact of delivering a presentation can be devastating.

Physical symptoms can include:

Shaking, endless trips to the bathroom, shivers, inability to talk and many more.

Psychological symptoms can include:

Feeling like the brain had been ‘hijacked’ and inability to form words; self-doubts, fear of judgment; ‘imposter syndrome’ and many more.

This may result in:

  1. Avoidance: asking someone else to step in or reschedule the presentation; or

  2. Escape from the situation (leave altogether).

These two behaviors may result in TEMPORARY relief, but they bring no benefit to the sufferers’ skills and future presentations.

Watch Performance Anxiety in action:

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UNDERSTANDING PRESENTATION ANXIETY:

Trigger Situation:

Work Presentation

Thoughts:

‘I can’t do it.’

‘Everyone will see how incompetent I am.’

Feelings:

Terrified.

Angry.

Incompetent.

Tearful.

Physical Symptoms:

Lack of sleep.

Nausea.

Throwing up.

Headache.

Resulting Behavior:

Employ ‘Escape or Avoidance’ tactic.

Feel temporary relief.

Next Presentation’s Coming Up:

Vicious Circle starts again.

ANXIETY FEARS WERE NOT CHALLENGED & SYMPTOMS GET WORSE.

realization you need help.

Check out my ‘Deliver Killer Presentation Workshop’

I’ve been in Psychotherapy & Coaching for the past 11 years. Here are my 3 tips on how to deliver a successful presentation:

1. LEARN ABOUT FOCUS AWARENESS SO THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO FOCUS AWAY FROM YOURSELF IN THESE SITAUTIONS.

Strangely, top advice on Google suggests you DON’T look at the audience, you focus on YOU. But working in psychotherapy and coaching for many years, I can tell you this tip is extremely wrong for a simple reason- IT DOES NOT WORK.

You need to learn to FOCUS YOUR ATTENTION AWAY FROM YOURSELF if you stand any chance of delivering a successful presentation.

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2. Recognize anxiety triggers:

Learn about yourself so that when you enter anxious situation, you’re able to pause that autopilot, take a step back, re-evaluate the situation and REFOCUS.

What is a ‘TRIGGER’ in anxious situations?

A trigger is ANYTHING that makes you AVOID OR ESCAPE the situation you’re facing.

It could be as simple as opening the door to the meeting room.

Learn about your THOUGHT PROCESSESS: What is going on when that trigger hits and an autopilot takes over?

How realistic are these thoughts? Is there another viewpoint?

Of course, what I’m describing here takes weeks, if not months, to practice in therapy.

But recognizing YOUR OWN CRITICAL INNER VOICE is a great start to turn Unhealthy Anxiety into Healthy Anxiety.

3. Let go of the belief you need to be in ‘total control of the presentation’ and know EVERY SINGLE ANSWER TO EVERYTHING.

People tend to think they need to know the answer to EVERYTHING. That’s a very faulty belief, and also one that sets you up to FAIL.

It’s OK to show vulnerability. It’s OK to say, ‘Let me get back to you with an answer.’ Show that you’re human.

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