If you’re like most college students, then you probably don’t have a whole lot of public speaking experience under your belt. And a lack of experience means you likely feel mighty anxious about the prospect of presenting. First, know that this is totally normal. In fact, even the most seasoned presenters in the game feel a healthy amount of anxiety before a talk. But those who are brand new to it tend to feel it the most.

The good news is, there’s a lot you can do to minimize your nerves and maximize the quality of your presentation. The following tips are designed to make you feel better, look better and, most importantly, ensure you crush your next presentation with confidence and grace.

Make Plenty of Eye Contact

If you’ve ever been to a presentation where the speaker’s face was buried in their notes the whole time, then you know how painful that is to watch and listen to. According to research, making eye contact helps your audience retain the information you’re sharing in addition to making you seem more credible and trustworthy. Now, that doesn’t mean you can’t look at your notes; just take care to absorb them in quick glances rather than spend your whole talk buried in them.

Take Your Time

One of the biggest mistakes newbies make is speeding through a presentation. Not only does this make it pretty clear to your audience that you’re nervous, but it also makes it really tough for them to digest the information you’re sharing. Therefore, make sure to slow your pace and take your time. Pausing for a drink of water, taking audience questions, and even cracking a joke or two are great ways to slow your pace and have a better command of the room and your message.

Don’t Just Practice; Rehearse

If you want to make sure you deliver an effective, confident presentation, then it’s not enough to know your content; you have to rehearse it. Studies show that your message’s delivery is even more important to giving a great presentation than the message itself. So, be sure to carve time out to run through your presentation as though you’re doing the real deal. When you do it, pay attention to places where you can use your tone to emphasize important points, pause for suspense, and solicit audience questions.

Give Love to Your Visual Aids

Your visual aids should never be an afterthought. Thoughtful, well-designed visuals paint a clearer picture of your topic while making your presentation as a whole much more engaging. Plus, they’re a great reference point for you. If you ever find yourself getting stuck on stage with nothing to say, your thoughtful visuals can serve as an information guide so that you’ll never be at a loss for words.

Minimize Nerves With More Preparation

Speaking of never being at a loss for words, our anxiety has a way of making us fumble on the word front and forget what we want to say altogether. It’s easy to avoid things we’re nervous about, but the more practiced and prepared you are, the less anxiety you’ll have. If you push through that avoidance and make yourself thoroughly practice, you’ll be amazed how much more relaxed and confident you feel and look to your audience.

From his success on the sales floor of an automotive dealership  to becoming a veteran trainer and then the adoption of technology for Internet-based marketing, his career has evolved to deliver the skills and tools needed to help consumers. Richie Bello combined his automotive expertise with his robust desire to “take care of the customer first” to become an automotive influencer, published author, and renowned trainer.  Bello absorbed the wants and needs of consumers as he worked up the ladder of the automotive industry.

Over the thirty-five years of his career, he developed strong Internet marketing skills, leading him to developing software solutions that create ease for consumers, and helps dealers improve relationships with customers. Innovation drives success. And, for Bello, it’s in his DNA. took years to come to consumers and arrived in a timely manner, during the 2020 Pandemic. With over 6 million vehicles on the site, features that help consumers deliver, finance and warranty, Bello has met the retail digital age head on.

Bello also is founder of Richie Bello Institute of Leadership and Management, a 501C3 not for profit, dedicated to the recruitment, education and employment of veterans into the automotive industry. Visit


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