First dates, job interviews and public speaking are common causes of nervousness: This can be problematic because these are times when it is imperative to seem cool, calm and collected. Nobody wants to date or hire someone with sweaty palms and a shaky voice. There are, however, strategies to help hide the jitters you get on a first date or around a possible new boss.
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Tell yourself there is nothing to worry about. Sometimes all it takes to loosen your nerves is telling yourself mentally or verbally that you should not be nervous. Tell yourself it is just a first date and all you can do is be you. There is no reason to be nervous, and realising that can go a long way.
Picture your audience in their underwear. Maybe a humorous image will relieve some of the nervousness. It may be difficult at first, but if you perceive your audience as naked, it will level the playing field -- at least in your mind.
Wipe your hands discreetly. This step only applies if your palms are sweaty. Do this especially before you shake hands or otherwise physically touch somebody. This will disguise if your hands are sweating and the other person will not likely pick up on your nervousness.
Clear your throat before speaking. This will keep your voice from quaking, as you begin speaking. Clearing your throat will exercise your vocal cords slightly before speaking. Watch the tone of your voice as well. Do not speak to softly and do not mumble or slur. Doing this will expose your nervousness.
Shake hands firmly. Nothing screams nervous or lazy like a limp handshake. Make it a point to firmly grasp each hand you shake. A firm handshake communicates that you are a determined and detail-oriented individual whose vocabulary does not include the word "nervous".
Maintain eye contact. Eye contact shows others you are confident in what you are doing and will not let anything get in your way. Little to no eye contact will tell your audience that you are not confident where you are and are feeling quite nervous.
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