Just before training begins, and while participants are arriving, can be a challenging time. You may start feeling nervous, and that's natural. It's important to have this time planned out.
Research has shown that the number one thing people do not want to do is present training. Most people are uncomfortable, to some degree, with public speaking even when they are experienced presenters. It's called "stage fright." Below is a two-step process for overcoming stage fright.
Every trainer has to conduct training the first time. We call this "paying your dues". You can't get around it so you may as well not delay it.
You'll normally experience some degree of anxiety about unanswered questions as you prepare for the session, when a room full of people will focus their attention on you. Thoughts about having too much or too little time, how you look, or how your audience will "like" you, may cause symptoms of stress.
Symptoms of stress include:
Right from the start, give up the belief that you have to be perfect or that you must know everything about the topic. It's just not true. Even experienced trainers occasionally make mistakes and really "screw up," but they know how to roll with it. They don't consider mistakes as big deals or as major obstacles to success, and they don't condemn themselves when they make those mistakes.
The big secret is to accept the fact that mistakes are going to happen. As you take these courses, you will undoubtedly see a mistake here and there. Let me know about it. I love it when a student points out an error. Why? It gives me the opportunity to correct the error and that improves the quality of the training. Naturally, I'm thankful for it. I thank students all the time! Accept the fact that you are going to make mistakes and develop the ability to recover from your mistakes quickly, with grace. I personally think that to be perfectly human, is to be perfectly imperfect.
To help ease your nervousness, make sure you are totally finished setting up and ready to start the training. This will help you feel "in control" of the event. You're on top of things. Below are some strategies to help you do this.
Doing all this prior to each training session will increase your confidence and your students will be impressed with how "organized" you are.
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