Four Public Speaking Tips to Reduce Nervousness

Whether you give presentations once a month or once a year, you likely experience some nervousness during your presentation. Regardless of the exact symptoms you feel—shaky knees, sweaty palms, dry mouth, butterflies in your stomach, or just a general sense of apprehension—rest assured that these public speaking tips to reduce nervousness will help you present with confidence and ease.

Here are four ways to keep yourself calm while presenting:

1. Focus on the audience, not yourself. Focusing your energy on what the audience needs from you and what’s important to them will help take your mind off all those nervous symptoms you’re experiencing. A great way to focus on your audience is to refer to people by name and include them in your explanation. This will take the attention off you and put it on someone in the audience.

2. Pause for power. Pausing during your presentation is a great way to regain your composure so you can relax and stay on track. It helps you think clearly and gives you a chance to breathe. When you take a deep breath, you will feel calmer. The best time to pause and breathe is when you look back at the screen or when you are advancing the slide. As an added bonus, the audience perceives a pause as contemplative, thoughtful, and knowledgeable, so pause often!

3. Be yourself. You’re the expert, and the audience is there to learn from you. They need your information, not anyone else’s. So instead of focusing on statistics and research, make sure to add your opinions, ideas, and experiences. Speak from your heart as it relates to the information you’re sharing. The more genuine you are, the more relaxed you’ll feel in front of a group.

4. Remember that the audience cannot see how nervous you feel. The audience cannot see your heart pounding, your stomach churning, or your hands perspiring—no matter how apparent you think your jitters are. Realize that the audience wants you to do well. They want you to motivate them, to educate them, and to inspire them. So keep that in mind throughout your presentation, and any nervous feelings you are experiencing will eventually disappear.

By adjusting for these things will either make the consumer bad or look at you for the professional that you are.

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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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