Nervous in Meetings? Conquer Stage Fright with THESE Tips

August 23rd, 2016

Many people thrive in front of a group. For these individuals, no audience is too large or intimidating to get under their skin, but you’re not like that. Stage fright — even in front of a small group — is an incredibly common source of anxiety, so you’re certainly not alone.

Whether you’re giving a budget update to your team or helping sales staff pitch a client, the mere thought of speaking in front of a group draws a flock of butterflies to your stomach. If you’re ready to make this feeling of dread a thing of the past, use these four tips to finally overcome it.

Prepare Remarks for the Meeting

One of the main reasons you’re probably afraid to speak up in meetings is you’re afraid you’ll say something to embarrass yourself. Combat this fear by jotting a few discussion points down before the meeting. You’ll feel much more at ease when you know you have something of value to add to the conversation.

Practice Your Delivery

If you’re slated to take the floor at the meeting, spend a few minutes prior to its start practicing your delivery. This gives you the chance to work out the kinks and really familiarize yourself with the content you’re about to share. You’re bound to feel more confident when you’ve gone through the speech a few times before facing your audience.

Give Yourself a Pep Talk

You’re a smart, engaging financial professional who brings a lot to the table, so remind yourself of this. Take a quick walk before the meeting to clear your head and give yourself a pep talk to boost your confidence. Eliminate the negative fears holding you back and envision your public speaking stint as an overwhelming success.

Stop Fearing Your Audience

The people listening to you speak truly want to hear what you have to say. Whether they’re your colleagues or clients, they know you were invited to the meeting because you have valuable insights to share. Instead of being intimidated by your audience, feel inspired that these people are sitting quietly listening to you speak.

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