Prepare. Prepare for what you might ask? Prepare to do anything you are going to do well.
I did a commercial for Oil of Olay. The commercial consisted of a close up of my face with me speaking. I was not an actor, I was a model so when they showed me the script for the commercial at first I was nervous. So what did I do? I started telling myself, ‘I can do this. I’m smart. I’m confident. I can do this.” Step one, I told myself positive and encouraging things. Then I prepared, step two, I learned my lines. I practiced them again and again till I had them memorized. In other words, I prepared. Then, although I still was not an actor, I went to the shoot confident.
Is that to say I wasn’t nervous at all? No, I was still a little nervous or excited. Being confident does not mean you have no feelings of nervousness. It just means you can get by the nerves and still do a great job.
Prepare for what you need to do. If you are going on an interview, taking a few minutes to research the company can give you a professional edge. Do you know the name of the person you are interviewing with? It will certainly give you more confidence to speak a person’s name clearly then to fumble around trying to figure the person’s name out. Prepare for what needs to be done. Study for your classes, memorize your lines…. And remember:
- Tell yourself encouraging things.
- Prepare to do your best.