Cure your presentation anxiety, and boost your confidence with these 33 tips, in 140 characters or less. As Mark Twain said, “There are two types of speakers. Those who get nervous and those who are liars.” These tips will help you use your nervous energy to deliver a compelling, professional presentation that will resonate with your audience.

33 Tips to Cure Presentation Anxiety, in 140 characters or less from Ethos3 | Presentation Design and Training

1. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. “If you mess up, keep going. No one else will notice.” @IlanMochari 

2. Face your fears. List all of your concerns, and devise a plan to handle each issue. @Stanford

3. Be able to recite your intro on autopilot. The first minute of a presentation is the most nerve-racking. @TheWeek

4. “One important key to success is self-confidence. A key to self-confidence is preparation.” – Arthur Ashe @Zen_Habits

5. Anticipate curveballs. Create backup slides that answer questions that might arise during the Q&A. @OPENForum

6. Don’t calm down. Use your nervous energy to generate enthusiasm. @JulieEBeck

7. Avoid the jitters. If your nerves are causing your heart to race, steer clear of caffeine. @MailOnline

8. “Employ aerobic exercise strategies–daily aerobic exercise can cut anxiety by 50%.” @UIowa

9. To manage fear, take slow, rhythmic breaths with slightly longer exhales. @PresentationZen

10. Look in the mirror, and give yourself a pep talk. @LifeHackOrg

11. To build confidence, don’t overthink the task at hand. Instead of dwelling, take action. @TheAtlantic

12. Pump yourself up. Make a habit of writing a list of your recent accomplishments. @HuffPost

13. Believe in your lucky charm. Studies suggest that embracing superstitions can improve performance. @Oprah_Flipboard

14. Change your actions and your emotions will follow. “Act the way that you want to feel.” @GretchenRubin

15. Focus on the audience instead of yourself. Don’t seek approval. Be a giver and a teacher. @SlideShare

16. Develop rapport with audience members. Arrive early and work the room before your presentations. @EntMagazine

17. Keep it simple. Memorize key points instead of trying to retain presentation material verbatim. @BostonDotCom

18. Tame your inner critic by practicing mindfulness meditation for five minutes a day. @Forbes

19. Embrace imperfection. You will likely fumble in some way, at some point. Roll with the punches. @Ethos3

20. Shape your presentation around an idea that matters to you. Let your passion trump your concerns. @CreativityPost

21. Minimize potential distractions. Try to replicate the presentation setting for your rehearsals. @PickCrew

22. Remember: your audience members are your allies. They don’t want to watch you fail. They are rooting for you. @Forbes

23. Treat your confidence like a muscle. Bulk up your public speaking assurance by presenting often. @FastCompany

24. To minimize awkwardness, bond with the audience. Demonstrate that you value their time and presence. @Ethos3

25. Decide to stop being afraid. “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt @EntMagazine

26. Don’t fear silence. If you lose your train of thought during a presentation, pause to gain composure. @MayoClinic

27. Learn from the experts: hire a coach, watch instructional videos, and attend presentations. @DailyMuse

28. Interview yourself on camera. Practice answering random questions. You’ll feel prepared for anything. @HealthyLiving

29. Accept the reality that some people will not like you. Stay positive, and don’t let critics get you down. @Forbes

30. Get comfortable with the presentation venue. Arrive early and walk around the room and stage. @TIME

31. Throw a tantrum. Find a private space to shout out all of your frustrations and fears.  @DrSuzanneGelb

32. Imagine the worst case scenario. You will likely realize that even the worst scenario is manageable. @DebraFine

33. Be concise. To keep your audience smiling at you during your presentation, get to the point. @BusinessInsider

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