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Monday, 03 April 2017 02:02

How do you get your confidence and fluency back for a presentation that you have in few days?

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Communication Works for those who work at itSo today we had a presentation of a competition. And I fumbled quite a lot.thankfully it didn't cost my team.I made too many errors on the a result I dont feel confident and negative thoughts are not leaving me.I know I am better than this but how do I get my confidence and fluency back?


You will likely already have had your next presentation by the time you read this, but I will offer some advice anyways.

It sounds like you had the self-confidence and the courage going into the first occasion, but during it your speaking skills and your performance weren’t at the same level. This caught up with you and now you are shaken.

Well, you can’t change the past, so might as well stop thinking about it and wishing you could change it.

And there really isn’t enough time to allow you to become proficient in public speaking for the next occasion. Becoming self-confident and a polished public speaker takes time. You can do it, but not in a matter of days.

I would suggest strategizing with your fellow team mates. Ask them how you can improve. If possible, it might be an idea to see if you can reduce your amount of participation, yet still remain a vital part of the team. Perhaps presenting a segment that may not be as stressful for you might be beneficial.

Once this challenge is out of the way, you would be well advised to take some public speaking training. This will have the effect of improving your self-confidence, stage presence and overall well-being.

Good luck with your presentation. Its been said ‘that which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.’ I prefer to look at it as ‘what challenges me … makes me stronger.’

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