Take a Deep Breath, and Calm Your Nerves

Author: Emmanuel Pepis, Career Advice

Chances are you’ve experienced nervous anticipation at some point in your life. It may have been before a big exam. Or you may have been getting ready to make a sales pitch on an idea that you’ve crafted and sharpened for months. Or you may have been thinking about your first public speaking gig in front of a large gathering.

Whatever the case may be, it’s natural to feel like your brain is going into overdrive. As a broadcaster, I know I’m conveying a game to an audience and I have to paint that picture as well as possible. It’s taken a while, but I’ve been able to channel that energy, and so can you.

Remember, it’s normal to feel nervous 
Part of the experience is the excitement (and yes, even the nerves) leading up to it. As long as you’re properly prepared, it’s okay to feel this level of anticipation. This provides another avenue to do a final check of sorts before that big meeting or presentation. Plus, it shows how much you care about what you’re about to do.

Don’t overanalyze
If you are overly analytical, this can be difficult. But, when we start playing out different scenarios in our minds, that’s when you throw yourself off course. It can be a fine line between allowing yourself to feel that energy and letting it take over your mind. In this scenario, you’re most likely hardly going to get any sleep the night before and that may compromise you from the start. Take a deep breath, try to divert your mind and do whatever you can to attempt to sleep.

Practice, practice, practice
They say that practice makes perfect, right? And they’re not wrong. Take every chance you can to make sure you’re in the best possible position to succeed. It’s not likely you can anticipate every single scenario, but it’s important to remember that you are the one in control. Be confident in your work, know that you truly did your best to prepare, and the rest will take care of itself.

Wind down the night before
Whether it’s listening to music, watching a show that makes you laugh, reading a book, or something else not listed, once you’ve finished the work and checked all the boxes, allow yourself time to relax. You’ll be well-rested once that energy returns moments before your presentation. And remember, it’ll all be worth it.

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