Do you feel too nervous to make your pitch? It is very common to have stage fear and it is understandable if you do not exude confidence right at the start of your pitch. There are, however, ways to make yourself feel more relaxed.
Go Well Prepared: Knowing your pitch inside out will give you the confidence to present in front of your investors. Good practice and preparation will ensure that your delivery goes as planned.
Meditate: Take a few moments to meditate. Close your eyes and try to forget your surroundings for a moment. This will help you slow down your heart rate and feel less anxious.
Good Sleep: Being well rested helps you maintain your calm as sleeplessness and tiredness adds to anxiety.
Remember to breathe: Often when we are nervous, we breathe irregularly and this causes us to feel more panicky and increases our heart rate. Taking deep breaths will help you calm down considerably.
Chew Gum: Chewing on gum is a surprisingly quick and easy way to beat anxiety. Just a few minutes of chewing can actually reduce stress and lower cortisol levels.
Relaxing Music: Listening to calming music with no lyrics before the pitch, probably on the way to the venue, helps you stay calm. Listening to songs with lyrics might distract you from your rehearsed pitch.
Keep Yourself Nourished: We often forget to eat when we are worried. This, not very surprisingly, makes you feel low, which could add to your nervousness. Try to keep a healthy snack on you at all times for a quick munch before your pitch.
Try methods out in advance in stressful situations to see what works for you. Stick to what makes you feel comfortable. These techniques will guarantee that you will breeze through your Pitch.