In this excellent video Simon Sinek explains the difference between being nervous and being excited, which is very relevant to the world of presentations because when we speak in public we can feel a bit nervous or anxious.
Simon Sinek says that when he was watching the London Olympics he would often get annoyed with journalists because they always asked the same question to the athletes: "Were you nervous?" or "Are you nervous?" And every single athlete gave the same answer: "No, I was excited", "No, I'm excited".
As Sinek points out, what are the signs of nervousness? Your heart races and your hands get clammy. And what are the signs of excitement? Your heart races and your hands get clammy. The world’s best athletes have learned how to interpret certain body stimuli not as nervousness but as excitement.
So why don’t you try this yourself? Next time you have to give a high-stake presentation and your heart starts racing and your hands get clammy, remember that it’s up to you to interpret those body stimuli the right way. Rather than saying to yourself “I’m nervous”, you can choose to say “I’m excited.”