5 Tips for Presenting Without Showing Your Nerves

We all know that feeling before walk to your table for a role-play: you’re shaking and sweating nervously while you look around to check out your competition.

The only challenge now is to hide all that nervousness from your judge!

Here are some tips that will help guide you through that nervousness:

  1. Deep Breaths. It sounds too simple to be true, I know, but taking those deep breaths will help you calm down and focus on the task at hand.
  2. Do a Power Stance. Before walking to the judge’s table, stand with your hands on your hips and your legs shoulder-width apart. Pretend you’re Superman on top of a building, and say “I AM DECA!” You’ll feel powerful and more in control than before.
  3. Fake Your Confidence. One of the most difficult aspects of doing a role-play is the fact that you might not know every performance indicator. In this case, it’s always important to fake your confidence and act like you know what you’re saying. Who knows? Maybe your judge will believe you.
  4. Use your Hands During the Presentation. Shaky hands are definite signs of nervousness. Use hand gestures to illustrate your points during your role-play to distract you. It also adds in a professional touch to your presentation; using nonverbal communication is extremely helpful when you’re presenting.
  5. Smile. As soon as you sit down, your judge will take one look at you, and it’ll be their first impression of you. Remember to smile at your judge and pretend to look at ease. It’ll show that you’re friendly and happy to meet with them, Most times, smiling will actually put you ahead of the competition.

With these five tips in your back pocket, I know you’re going to rock the role-play!

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