Doing this TED talk really pressures me to speak up and have a good oral presentation since many members of our community will come to watch them on September 12. Little by little my oral skills in spanish have improved and I don't get very anxious, stressed or nervous while presenting in spanish since it's my first language and I feel very comfortable speaking and improvising. Therefore while presenting in spanish I am able to control myself and breath. However, in english, this is not the case, I don't feel very confident about my english speaking skills, even though they have improved a tone in this month, but also the fact that I am nervous about the presentation makes it harder on me.
Today while presenting the TED Talk to my friends I freaked out a lot inside, I don't show it. While presenting I was always thinking about going slow because I know that when I am stressed I rush and no one can understand. I managed to control my pace very well which I was proud of. However I have to loosen up and learn to control my stress because when I am nervous and scared my brain blanks and I am not able to get excited about my story and be more emotional which will make my presentation better, more engaging and genuine. Also if I would be more relaxed I would be be more natural, this will make the audience like my presentation more since I would be more into my stories and the anecdotes will seem more real, thus connect to the audience.
After talking to David Fishman and reading his book I've come to learn two great strategies for relaxation. The first one been meditation. This is hard for me since I am always thinking about stuff; it is so useful since it allows your body to forget about everything and help it get relaxed as you forget all your nerves allows you perform better. The second thing I learned is to breath properly, If I concentrate on my breathing and do one of the breathing techniques that the book or David taught me I would be able to relax, be secure and less stressed about presenting and I would do a better job.
Before my next presentation I am going to practice but before saying my presentation I am going to focus on my breathing for a bit and then see how this affects or impacts my presentation.