Nervous? No, —excited!

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. What’s the difference?

• Anxiety: “I hope I don’t 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: You’ll Always Be Nervous,”” Paul Evans,

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