Nervousness CAN be Good

Note from The Guru: This is one of my personal favorites.  I often tell clients that no matter what situation I’m in, if I’m giving a presentation of some sort, I feel anxiety.  And I feel this anxiety because I want to do a stellar job.  In other words, because I have passion.  I hope you enjoy this video and learn one way to harness your passion and turn it into a powerful presentation.

A common misconception about public speaking is that anxiety and nervousness are always a negative side effects that can ruin your speech. However, if you harness your nervous energy and turn it into powerful gestures your speech will be more effective for your audience. This video focuses how to positively turn your nervousness into passion.


· What are some tips to turn nervous energy into positive energy?

· Why do you say that nervousness can be good before a presentation?

· How is passion related to nervousness and anxiety?

· What are some ways to relieve anxiety and nervousness?

· How can I appear more calm and collected as a speaker?


Hi everyone! My name is Jill Schiefelbein with Impromptu Guru, and these videos will help you prepare before the speech.

I have clients from all walks of life and all professions who come to me and say “Jill, I get so nervous before I go deliver a presentation. That is not a good thing.” And I tell them actually it is, because if you have nervousness that comes from anxiety. And anxiety comes from wanting to do a great job. So you’re delivering a message to an audience, be it a client, maybe your coworkers, and you want to deliver very well. You want to do a great job and you want that message and that content to get through smoothly.

Well guess what? You have passion. And passion is a good thing. So passion can lead to anxiety, which can lead to nervousness, but if you didn’t have that nervousness in the first place, you’re not passionate enough about what you’re talking about and maybe you should reconsider your message.

Another video, called “Do The Penguin“, gives you one way to eradicate some of the physiological effects of nervousness. Another thing that you can do is find out what your nervous tics are. For some people it’s flappy gestures. For example, if you have these, what you can do is harness your nervousness into passion by making gestures that are more purposeful, more pointed, and they can help your message get across better.


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