Your big speaking opportunity is looming near, and you feel as if a whole flock of butterflies has moved in to your stomach. Although you may be quick to blame nerves, you likely are merely excited. Whats the difference?
Anxiety: “I hope I dont mess up.”
Excitement: “This is my chance to help/entertain/inform people.”
Anxiety: “Will anyone know what I am talking about? Will anyone care?”
Excitement: “I drafted a solid presentation, full of ideas that will benefit my listeners.”
Bottom line: When you focus on excitement, you accentuate the positive, and that makes the butterflies calm down.
– Adapted from ”Myth 1: Youll Always Be Nervous,” Paul Evans, http://www.instantspeakingsuccess.com.