I've got a presentation this afternoon. It's my specialist subject, I'm the authority in the business, I'm very confident in my knowledge of the subject, it's to about 40 people and I know pretty much all of them quite well, and yet I'm shitting myself as usual.
Now lets understand, I do this on a regular basis. I've presented to all 200+ people in the department before now. I've been on internal courses about doing presentations, I've done online research on best approaches to take, I always prepare and rehearse well and I try to make things as interesting as possible for my audience and yet every time, I'm absolutely crapping myself. I've never had any bad feedback about a presentation I've made and have had plenty of good feedback.
I'm fine with one on one conversations, I'm also fine with sitting round a table with groups from road workers to the executive and talking away quite happily. It's standing up in front of a load of people and talking while they all look at me.
I guess the major issue is that I'm by default, an introverted geek who doesn't like being the centre of attention and it may be that's an attribute that will never make this easy for me. There must however, be people who have been through this experience who can help though. I don't expect i'll ever enjoy it but just getting myself to the stage where I can not be sweating and shaking in the hours leading up to the presentation. I appreciate there are people who actively enjoy this sort of thing but that's not me.
Any tips that don't involve visualising people naked?