Deal with nerves

Positive reinforcement

Voices in your head giving messages - “Oh no, I’m going to make a mess of this”, “this is going to be terrible” and “I’m really bad at giving presentations” - all reinforce negative thoughts. The chances are you’re going to do badly if you allow these voices to be heard.

Give yourself positive messages instead in order to make yourself much more confident about how well you will perform. When you’re more confident, you will do better.

Positive reinforcement messages:

  • “I can do this really well!”
  • “This presentation is going to be great!”
  • “I am really good at giving presentations!”


Choose your own messages, ones that are meaningful to you. Repeat them to yourself, especially before you get up to give your presentation.