Do you have butterflies in your stomach before making presentations?

@ram_cv (16516)
India
May 27, 2007 8:34am CST
I have been giving presentations for the past decade, but before every presentation, I do have butterflies in the stomach. It is only after the presentation is smoothly through into the first half that I really relax. What about you? Do you all feel the same tension before making presentations or you feel quite calm before it? Cheers! Ram
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@Manoj_s (939)
• India
27 May 07
Though i wont do presentations two or three times i have presented some of article which i have written and one or two poems in front of small group of people and it wasnt easy for me one or two times i decided not to present it bcoz of these butter flies and understanding that it is cowardisam and i continued to present each time .in fact the appreciation about my articles was something else .Always the starting trouble seems to be the problem and after that a smooth finish.
@Manoj_s (939)
• India
27 May 07
bit of nervous ness seems to be good so that we prepare very well due to some nervousness.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
27 May 07
Yep... how you handle these starting troubles usually decides the fate whether the presentation was a success or failure. Cheers! Ram
@ESKARENA1 (18299)
27 May 07
i think a little bit of nervousness helps you focus too
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@Darkwing (21588)
27 May 07
I used to get butterflies in my stomach, the same way as you do now, but over time, I've become quite relaxed and used to it. It's a bit like going to the dentist, I guess! lol. Try some Kalms... they're natural, herbal tablets which you can buy from your local Health Food Shop, or some chemists and they work wonders. If you don't fancy that, put a few drops of lavender oil on a hankie and take with you, inhaling it occasionally before and during the presentation to calm your nerves. Good luck and Brightest Blessings.
@ram_cv (16516)
• India
27 May 07
I like the analogy to the dentist. I can also try out the two suggestions that you have given. My relaxation methods are usually taking a cup of coffee and talking to some of the participants before the presentations. This, of course, is not always possible, but as and when I do get the chance, I do it and it helps me relax very well. I will try out the two suggestions you have popped up as well. Cheers! Ram
@Darkwing (21588)
27 May 07
Lol... I always get butterflies whilst waiting at the dentist! :-) You're quite welcome to the recommendations. I hope one of them works for you.
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
28 May 07
When I first started, there were not only butterflies but scorpions too. After few consecutive presentations, I begin to get the thrill of it. I forgot myself and it went smoothly. One trick I learnt - deep breathing before the presentation and treat the audience as invisibles. It works surprisingly. lol.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
28 May 07
Deep breathing does help and so does humour, it also works well in settling down the butterflies. Cheers! Ram
@Woodpigeon (3710)
• Ireland
27 May 07
I get worked up into an absoloute tizzy if I have to give a speach or presentation. My hands shake. My voice wavers, no one can hear me. My face turns bright red. I swear I can feel the blopod thumping throughout my head and face and when I was younger I even used to get chest pains. I have grown out of some of that to a degree, because I realised that most of the time no one is paying that close attention anyway and will probably not even notice if I make a mistake! I always enjoy the question and answers period, as I feel more relaxed once the formal part is completed.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
27 May 07
Yep, Q&A is usually the most simplest part of the presentation as you are just responding to a query and are not involved in presenting something or holding people's interest. That is why I have started with a few ice-breaker questions with the audience and once some of these questions are out of the way, I get more and more comfortable. Cheers! Ram
27 May 07
its not a nice feeling to be nervous about something but i think that nervous energy is useful when you make your presentations. It's almost as though more of your personality shines through. If someone is totally at easy when doing a presentation, it is often boring and not particularly passionate and therefore it makes it less interesting for the audience.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
27 May 07
Yeah! I understand that very much. In fact, during my earlier years as a presenter, due to this nervous energy, I used to skip through these slides very fast. At the end of it all the audience would agree that it was a great presentation, but then would take away nothing from it :). As I matured a bit, I started slowing things down a bit, but you are right it is good in one way to have that nervous energy. Cheers! Ram
@ESKARENA1 (18299)
27 May 07
i think public speaking is one of most nerve wracking things we ever do. I go through stages of blind panic before a presentation, then a few hours before a cool calm comes over me and i focus on the issues in hand blessed be
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
27 May 07
I generally am cool before hours before the presentation. It is only when I enter the room and see the audience, that the butterflies start fluttering around. Then I resort to ice-breakers to get to know the audience a bit and to subside the flying butterflies in my stomach :) Cheers! Ram