A week to go, slides are done, a practice run through worked and I finally have had a full nights sleep without waking with the fear that people will 'think' I'm stupid, no good at both opening my mouth and at my research. What evidence do I have to base these thoughts? None.
So how did I get my confidence back to overcome my fear of public speaking next week?
I found a killer opening sentence that gives me a sense of ease and most likely the audience's attention.The opening line could be anything related to your topic. I went with a quote that would go on to prove my point why my research matters. Probably best to stay away from a joke as your opening line though - unless of course your topic is based on research about what makes a good comedian.
Once I knew how I was going to begin my presentation, I stopped worrying. I believe if I don't do the presentation then I fail. But if I do the presentation even if I mess it up- I win because I will stand up and still present my research.