Seriously. Whenever, I am giving a brief presentation or talk “Um” slides into the pauses. Why can’t I just freaking pause?!
I was practicing a 10 minute overview of charity auctions for writers today. And of course, I said Um like…um…well 100 times.
I’m not kidding. That little word keeps popping out of my mouth. So bad.
Grrr. I gotta stop saying it.
And then there is my need to rock back and forth as I talk. Like a crazy person. Not good. Not good at all.
Mind you I have given presentations to hundreds of people during college and grad school. At work, I presented to groups of 10-30 people.
But it never ever gets easier. I get serious pre-talk jitters.
The only upside is that I screw up all my practice runs and then my actual presentation is usually pretty smooth.
How do you deal with nerves during public speaking?