Effective Tips for a College Student

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2015 12:54 Written by Pam Chambers Tuesday, 8 November 2011 10:41

Awhile ago I got a “Help Needed!” e-mail from a college student who had heard that I offer tips for giving effective presentations. We agreed on a time to chat over the phone and in about 12 minutes, she had some new tips to try when speaking in front of her peers.

Today I received this e-mail from her: “Aloha, Pam Chambers! I was asked to stand in front of the room and speak about a project that I am designing. I used your tips and they helped so much! I could feel the unneeded adrenaline leave my body until I was speaking comfortably in front of my peers. Thank you! Kaiya Clark.”

The most effective tip I shared with her is a method that helps unwanted adrenaline to leave your body. (That’s the chemical we need for “fight or flight,” but not for speaking.) Just before you stand up to speak, keep one arm in a natural position. Use your other arm to reach down and grasp the seat of your chair. Pull on the chair firmly and steadily for several seconds. This is exactly like letting too much air out of a tire. You’re sending the excess energy out of your body. This is a very effective tip for college students, CEOs, and anyone who feels nervous about speaking.


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