Everyone is different. Some people don’t bat an eyelash when facing a big event, public speaking occasion, or important meeting. Others have to deal with nerves and anxiety before and sometimes during these events. Here are a few techniques that may help you stay calm next time an important business meeting comes around.
While some higher-up business people may seem intimidating, don’t let your mind play tricks on you. They aren’t superhuman. They are people like you. More than likely, the majority of the people involved in the event are also nervous. The people in positions below you are probably nervous, too. Once things get going, the event will more than likely go as the other meetings you’ve been a part of, and afterward you will be OK.
Be prepared, but don’t overthink things. Try to keep your mind off of what is getting you nervous. Continue your other work and don’t obsess over everything that could go wrong. A few minutes before the meeting or presentation, give yourself a mental pep talk.
Remember that if you weren’t an important part of this event, you probably wouldn’t have been asked to attend. This means people want to hear what you have to contribute. Look at this as an honor and an opportunity. You can do this!