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How to Make Being Nervous Work for You

It’s OK to be nervous. We all are to a certain extent. Even me. Well, not now, ‘cause there’s nobody here. I’m talking about on stage.

Now, there are lots of techniques you can try to treat the symptoms of nervousness. You’ll find a whack of them in the articles on my website.

But the truth is, it doesn’t get at the heart of the problem. Cause the problem is self-confidence. Plain and simple.

It’s just like anything else in life.  Do it enough and you’ll get good at it. Know you’re good at it and your self-confidence goes through the roof.

Here’s what I suggest – two things.

One. Practice. Just speak a lot, or if you want to do it in a really supportive environment, join a Toastmasters club. There are lots of them in every city – find one that works for you. It will build your self confidence like crazy.

Two. Neuro-linguistic programming. That’s really self-talk and self-talk is really powerful. If  you continually tell yourself you can do it … over and over again, you’ll find you can do it.

They say that left alone, 85% of the things we think are negative. So, make a point of thinking positively. The brain is an amazing organ. You can program it to do just about anything you want.

So … nervousness. Having some is good … and perfectly normal. Getting it all under control takes practice . . . and even professional speakers are slightly nervous when they take the stage.

There are lots more ways to work on nerves. What works for you?

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