Nerves are something we all feel. It’s a natural reaction when we do something for the first time, or we step outside of our comfort zones. Feeling nervous when you stand up to speak in public is also a very natural reaction to the situation we find ourselves in. Our bodies see nerves and excitement as the same thing. One word – Adrenaline. Instead of using this adrenaline in a positive way, we feel terrified because we’re nervous. By telling ourselves that actually this is a good thing that we have these feelings, we are able to make a shift from nerves to excitement.
We all need some level of nerves when we speak or we wouldn’t have the energy to deliver our message effectively or with conviction. It could come across as a rather boring speech with no level of passion.
I remember being given a great acronym a few years ago. I have held onto it and use it with my clients all the time. It’s simple and effective.
We get so caught up thinking about how nervous we are that we lose sight of what is important. Our audience. By finding space to focus on what it is you actually want to achieve and what message you want to leave your audience with, you will not have the mind space to obsess about how nervous you are. So it’s simple- STAY!