What to do if you get nervous before presentations at university

Presentations can be be straight-forward for some whilst completely nerve wracking for others. It’s not unusual to feel anxious before presenting to a group of people – whether it be your class mates, tutors or colleagues.

Getting into the practise of giving presentations gives individuals many skills that can also prepare students for their chosen career paths as well as sharpening research skills.

The team at BelievePerform look at what to do if you get nervous before presentations at university.

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  • Speak to your tutor or friends about how you are feeling.
  • Focus on the things that are in your control.
  • Provide yourself with opportunities where you can practise.
  • Engage in some slow and steady breathing to help reduce your arousal levels.
  • Focus on your strengths and how you can best utilise them.
  • Work through a pre-performance routine to help build your confidence.
  • Challenge unhelpful thoughts and develop rational beliefs.
  • Use grounding techniques to help you stay focused and in the moment.
  • Use progressive muscle relaxation to relieve tension.
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