Ten Causes of Presentation Stress You Can Avoid:
1. Thinking that public speaking is inherently stressful (it’s not).
2. Thinking you MUST be brilliant or perfect to succeed (you don’t).
3. Trying to impart too much information or cover too many points in a short presentation (All you need is 2-3 main points),
4. Having the wrong speaking purpose in mind (to get rather than give/contribute, and what is in it for them).
5. Trying to please everyone (this is unrealistic).
6. Failing to be personally revealing and humble. (Humility & humor goes a long way)
7. Being fearful of potential negative outcomes (they almost never occur and even when they do, you can use them to your advantage).
8. Trying to control the wrong things (e.g., the behavior of your audience).
9. Spending too much time over preparing (instead of developing confidence & trust in your natural ability to succeed).
10. Thinking your audience will be as critical of your performance as you might be. (They truly want to see you succeed)