How can you overcome the nerves before you start your presentation? There are a variety of techniques from hypnosis, NLP, to visualising your audience naked. I have never met anyone who has actually admitted to using the last one… I just can’t see how it can help you deliver a great presentation when all you can think about is what your audience is not wearing.
A more enjoyable, and relaxing method I find is to take the time to chat with as many members of your audience as you can when they walk in the room Rather than doing the traditional presenter thing of studying your laptop reviewing your slides (as if you’ll be changing them at this late stage…). Use the time to shake hands and chat with the people you’ll be presenting to. This simple act helps break down any barriers and allows you to connect with your audiences before you start… Nothing beats getting a head start in anything in life… Especially presentations.