Being a little nervous is part of presenting. It is a natural stress reaction to an uncomfortable situation. However, sometimes stress levels increase to such an extend that clear thinking (or thinking at all) becomes impossible. This can hamper the convincing performance you would like to give. A black out on a conference can be a bad experience. During an interview it can ruin your chances. Fortunately, you can learn to deal with stage fright.
The anxiety you feel before and during a presentation diminish your working memory, which makes clear thinking difficult. During this training you learn how to reduce stress by preparation, awareness, grounding, breathing and practicing. This helps you to regain control over your mind and tackle stage fright.
You will learn what happens to you when standing in front of a group frightens you. It starts with recognizing negative thoughts (‘I am not good enough’) and formulating positive alternatives (‘I know what I am talking about’). You also learn how thoughts evoke emotions that trigger reactions in your body. For instance, when stressed out, you breathe very fast and shallow. As a result less oxygen is available for your brain. By breathing in the right way you can counter this. And you will learn to recognize your (often ineffective) coping behaviour and to behave in a way that helps regain control.
In the safe environment of the training we simulate the situations that stress you out. This gives you the opportunity to immediately apply our advices and feel the difference on the spot.
Trainers: Kick Moors | Language: English or Dutch | Duration: four hours | Maximum number of participants: 6 | Participation: in-company training
When you prepare for a research grant interview and nerves really bother you, you might consider our personal coaching. We help you to understand the sources of your anxiety and teach you how to tackle this.