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  • Writer's pictureAli Craig

How To Overcome Your Nerves

Being nervous happens. Nervous to close the deal, take the stage, meet the future step kids- being nervous is part of life. But you don’t have to let your sweaty palms, wobbly knees, and butterfly-feeling stomach control you.

The biological response to being nervous is our fight or flight mode in overdrive. Too much adrenaline flooding our system that it has no idea what to do with it all, and because you aren’t running for your life away from a mountain lion- your body rids itself in sweats, shakes, and the occasional pukes. All of these things create poor nonverbal communication skills.

But when you begin to feel the signs of extreme nervousness, consider the following solutions:

  1. Move. If it is running a marathon or walking across the stage. Just move.

  2. Hold your core in. By holding your abdominal muscles in, you are allowing yourself to stand up as straight as possible, which means you can breathe, but you are also bringing more blood flow to the area.

  3. Pause and be in the moment. Our nervousness comes from us thinking about the future. Stop. Take a breath and enjoy the people and experience at hand.

When you learn what combination works best for controlling your nervousness, you will have your nonverbal communication and influence back on track.

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