Do you get nervous just before you begin to teach or lecture? Happens to all of us. Its not necessarily a bad thing. But how do we controll it?
I 've heard that if an actor's mind is allowed to roam free, it will automatically focus on that nervousness. Even Laurence Olivier had stage fright. Actors relax by concentrating instead on their preparation, the script, and the other actors. Is there not a lesson here for us as speakers and teachetrs? Trying to drown the butterflies — or bats, in my case, flitting around my stomach is not a solution.
Focus on the preparations. Check on the alignment of powerpoint or overhead projector. Check out visability around the room. See that every place has handouts, your business card or whatever.
Refer to your notes, outlines, rehearse a joke. But never imagine your audience in their underwear– its likely a very unpleasant thought.
What are your experiences in overcoming nervousness in speaking?