There’s too much talk about the fear of public speaking. It’s not that bad. It can be best compared to a first date.
You get nervous. You’re afraid of what the date (audience) will think of you. You want to make a good impression. What do you do?
You try to find out about the person (or the audience). The more you know the better your date (presentation) will be.
You prepare what you want to say…especially in the first minute so you don’t appear tongue tied. Think about things you want to say…a few important things is all you need. Dates and audiences really don’t want you to fail. It makes them uncomfortable. They want you to succeed.
Dress nicely. Dates and audiences make quick judgements on your appearance. If you look bad, they assume that they are in for a long evening (presentation).
Get there on time…early if possible.
Take a deep breath.
Ring the bell…start talking.
The chances are you will forget some of the things you wanted to mention. The good part is that your date (members of the audience) don’t know what you had in mind to say. Unless you tell them, they’ll never know.
The chances are your date (presentation) will be at least fine. If you get another opportunity for a date (presentation), it will be that much easier. No kidding. Speaking is as easy as your first date.