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3 Ways To Eliminate Your Anxiety And Deliver A Winning Presentation

You might feel anxious, but you aren’t an anxious person.

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BY Quora - 07 Mar 2017

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How can anxious people become better presenters? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

Answer by Seth Godin, altMBA, Blogger, Bestselling Author, Entrepreneur, on Quora:

How can anxious people become better presenters? I'd begin by pointing out that just about everyone is anxious. The first way around it is to not label yourself. You might feel anxious, but you aren't an anxious person.

The steps that worked for me:

1. Present to dogs. Dogs and small children. Do it often. Magic tricks, powerpoint presentations, singing. Doesn't matter. Do it for dogs. Do it for small children. Daily.

2. Then, present to strangers. Go to the train station and see if you sell someone on a tour of the city for $5. Get on the phone and see if you can get a tech support person to laugh at something you say.

3. Then, present to people at a meetup group or toastmasters or some other group of generous strangers. Nothing at stake. Present on something you care about. Organize a wine tasting, etc.

Then, after you've done all of this, my hunch is that you'll realize you're not an 'anxious person'. That instead, you're someone who has figured out how to be anxious and present at the same time.

The nervousness never goes away. But you can dance with it.

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