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standing in front of a crowd makes me feel like I'm having a heart attack?
That's part of the fun and actually necessary. It's a mechanism that helps to focus and sharpen senses Actually, I've understood that even long time actors are nervous when standing in front of people in live situations and on the other hand it tells that you're taking the situation seriously.
Based on your contributions on this site I'm confident that you'll do just fine!
It's a mechanism that helps to focus and sharpen senses
Actually it makes me forget pretty much everything, including how to do words
I've got some (legal) adrenaline, heart rate and blood pressure reducing drugs just for this occasion.
It's also used by people with fear of failure, for example for exams and presentations.
I'm not afraid of failure, but I have all the symptoms, so I'm using it anyway
There's a reason I write, it doesn't include talking
And then there are those annoying people who actually like presentations
A tip, if you are using some kind of presentation equipment like a beamer, test it beforehand.
I remember a Powerpoint presentation long ago where the beamer would not display the embedded movies in my Powerpoint presentation !
Mate, you wrote the book on it. Literally. You know your subject matter so just talk about what you know.
Just pretend you're showing a friend something cool and talk through it. Don't worry if you forget to cover something, or you get it out of order - no one, literally no one, will know. Relax, take it slow, make sure you can be heard, and stare at those in the back row if the eye contact makes you nervous.
I've done this several times. I did this once to a large room full of people from across the business, including external suppliers. I was nervous, but once I got started the nerves soon dissipated.
- Have bullet points and use these to give your talk direction and flow (but don't just read from them, they are only bullet points)
- Use pauses to allow you to give eye contact and allow your points to sink into the audience
- Use Powerpoint, code samples etc to make your points clearer and provide clarification
The only person who knows you are nervous is you, no one else in the room knows that. Use that knowedge to your advantage.
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Don't talk to the crowd, buddy, talk to specific people in the crowd.
Pan the audience while you're speaking and let your focus settle on individuals while you speak. It's a lot like talking in a group of friends at the bar. Just don't settle on one person for too long, let your "conversation" be with as many people in the room as you can!
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