Feel like a Deer caught in the Headlights?
Dates and times:
- No dates at present
- This workshops aims to help you learn to cope with presentation anxiety and gain confidence in your presentation skills.
It is perfectly normal to feel anxious and nervous at the thought of giving a presentation in front of your peers and tutor, especially if this is something you are not used to doing, and you are still getting to know those people.
Some people are better are hiding these anxious feelings than others, but we all feel nervous in these situations. It’s just some of us get overwhelmed by these feelings so that we can’t concentrate on preparing for the presentation, and may even get so anxious that when we have to stand up and speak, our legs feel like jelly, our mouth goes dry and our mind goes blank. For some the anxiety is so great that they avoid giving presentations altogether, even if that means losing valuable grades.
The workshop is designed to help you understand how your body reacts to anxiety. It will teach you skills to identify the unhelpful thoughts that exacerbate and maintain the anxiety, showing you how to challenge these and re-focus onto your strengths. It will also teach you how to use relaxation techniques to help you calm your body down, so you are regaining control of both your body and mind (thoughts) in stressful situations, such as when giving a presentation.
By learning to think more calmly and be more confident when delivering a presentation, you will equip yourself to handle the stresses and pressures of the work environment more effectively, increasing your employability.
Coping strategies that you learn in this workshop will stand you in good stead in the workplace too. Recognising a need to deal with anxiety at this stage of your life demonstrates essential graduate skills. As a graduate applying for jobs you will need to explain how you have overcome situations in your life to make yourself employable. You will be asked to give examples of how you have solved problems, how you have worked effectively in difficult situations - taking control of an issue that you see is holding you back now is already making you more employable.
This workshop can also be attended as part of the SDS's Certificate of Professional Development qualification. For further information please contact John Steele at the SDS - SDS@cardiff.ac.uk.