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2. Choose courage over confidence . It's actually easier to purposefully choose to be courageous than it is to build our confidence in a particular moment. Recognizing that we're lacking confidence and realizing that we don't exactly know how to be more confident can actually make us have even less confidence. But we can choose courage. "Yes, I'm a little afraid. Yes, I'm nervous. But I'm doing it anyway!" This proactive step in choosing courage can lead to a positive psycho-physiological response and enable us to "show up" better.

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Overcome nervousness

1. Listen to the gremlin. Then talk back. Make a note the next time you hear it, exactly the phrases that the gremlin says to you. Then when you're in a calm, non emotionally-charged moment, consider what you rationally believe to be true and come up with counter-statements. An example could be, "You're not technically good enough on this topic." Your response could be, "I'm not trying to be a technical expert, my place is as a strong generalist focusing on business application."

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Engage your Audience
  • Ask questions.
  • Ask to introduce themselves.
  • Do a paper or online survey.
  • Ask them during the presentation.
  • Create a "Round Robin" discussion to hear from everyone.
  • Ask listeners certain facts or data.
  • Set up a demonstration.
  • Ask for volunteers to write on a flip chart, track the time, or record action items.
  • Give a pre-test or post-test.
  • Engage them physically, prepare some ice-breakers.

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Be prepared

The more you prepare and practice, the more confident you’ll feel when your career aspirations are on the line in the job interview.

This confidence will help you eliminate unattractive nervous habits (like saying um, uh, like) and feel more in command of your answer and body language.

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  • Become aware of your safety and breathing. Your fight or flight response may be in overdrive. 
  • Take note of five things you can see, four things you can hear, three things you can touch, two things you can smell, and one thing you can taste.
  • Quiet your fears by visualizing a stream flowing past you. Each time a thought pops into your head, imagine the thought as a leaf on the stream.

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