- Hitting the right note in training
- Minimum unit pricing update
- Scottish primary children call for action on alcohol
- New Alcohol Deaths Prevention Support Now Available from AFS
- Its time to tell us whats in our drinks
- A home for Rory
- Making a bad impression - blog post
- Alcohol sales and MUP
- Alcohol-specific deaths 2018
- Five tips for upping the engagement factor
- Alcohol marketing and children debate in the Scottish Parliament
- Lowest alcohol sales in 25 years
- Research into fall in violence
- The Children's Parliament investigates an alcohol-free childhood
- Five tips for training delivery nerves
- Minimum unit pricing one year on
- More about sales data
- A family of resources it is all about prevention, education and resilience
- AFS publish Review of Licensing Board Annual Functions Reports 2017-2018
- Marketing unmasked dispelling the myths and taking a stand
- No place for alcohol marketing in sport
- Five pitfalls to avoid in evaluating training
- Scotland publishes first UK guidelines for diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)
- The Alcohol Framework 2018 Preventing Harm
- Scotlands new drug and alcohol strategy launched
- AFS welcome new alcohol strategy
- Recent reporting on alcohol sales data
- Cross-Party Group Improving Scotland's health: 2021 and beyond October 2018
- Diageo is failing to provide latest guidelines on their products
- Drinks companies keeping consumers in dark about risky drinking
- Reducing alcohol consumption can address health inequalities
- Alcohol-specific deaths remain at very high levels
- Oh Lila goes digital
- Global first alcohol policy set to save hundreds of Scots' lives
- AFS welcomes minimum unit pricing for alcohol
- Walker's crisp ad exposes children to alcohol marketing
- Truer picture of alcohol harm revealed
- Focus on link between alcohol and obesity
- Alcohol causes 3,700 deaths in Scotland every year
- Last Christmas for heavily discounted alcohol
- Scotland's licensing system needs clearer direction
- Minimum pricing blog
- Minimum pricing gets green light
- Reflections on GAPC 2017
- Alcohol brands and young people
- Time for honest conversations about alcohol
- Q&A on alcohol marketing
- UK children anxious about parents' drinking
- Quarter of Scots drink above guidelines
- Alcohol producers failing to inform public
- Concern over alcohol-related deaths
- We need to make it easier for people to drink less
- Worrying rise in alcohol-related deaths
- Minimum pricing will save lives
- Pocket money prices for alcohol continue
- Scotland's alcohol problem laid bare
- Cheap alcohol is costing Scotland dear
- One drink a day can increase breast cancer risk
- Poverty linked to increased harm from alcohol
- What next for reducing alcohol harm in Scotland?
- Scotland must do more to turn tide of alcohol harm
- Concern as funding for alcohol services cut
- Budget: No change in alcohol duty
- Scottish Government urged to curb alcohol marketing
- Consumers have the right to know health risks
- Chancellor urged to tackle cheap, strong cider in Budget
- Online help for families affected by alcohol
- Alcohol-free childhood is healthiest option
- SWA granted leave to appeal minimum pricing
- Drink drive warning
- Scottish Greens call for action on alcohol marketing
- Scottish Government receives European alcohol award
- SWA will appeal to UK Supreme Court
- Half of alcohol being sold under 50p per unit
- SWA urged to respect minimum pricing decision
- Alcohol and mental health are closely linked
- Minimum pricing can be implemented in Scotland
- Alcohol sold at pocket money prices
- Scotland has so much to gain from reducing how much we drink
- AFS welcomes revised alcohol consumption guidelines
- Emergency services face shocking levels of alcohol abuse
- Every child has the right to grow up safe from alcohol harm
- Public health must prevail over big business
- New toolkit to help children affected by family alcohol problems
- Price check reveals cheap cost of strong alcohol
- Sales increase underlines need for minimum pricing
- Time to kick alcohol out of sport
- Alcohol linked with stomach cancer
- AFS calls for compulsory health warnings on alcoholic drinks
- Are supermarkets 'responsible retailers' when it comes to alcohol?
- Scottish health charities call for excise duty rise to tackle cheap alcohol
- Alcohol campaigners unite to call for stronger protection from alcohol advertising to children
- New resource for people concerned about alcohol in their community
- Minimum pricing decision delayed until summer
- No completely 'safe' level of drinking
- New alcohol guidelines published
- Minimum pricing - European court ruling
- Alcohol fuels ambulance assaults
- 82% of Scots agree drink driving is unacceptable
- Scotland's alcohol strategy - what next?
- Scotland leads way in evidence-based alcohol policy
- New report reveals impact of alcohol on emergency services
- Alcohol: a global concern
Five tips for training delivery nerves
In this blog post, Brian O'Hara, senior coordinator for Learning and Development at Alcohol Focus Scotland shares his top five tips for tackling nerves while delivering training.
This month sees Mental Health Awareness Week running from Monday 13th to Sunday 19th May 2019. Mental Health is a subject quite close to my heart, having had a few brushes myself with anxiety throughout my career. Not very helpful when it comes to delivering training which can already be quite nerve racking.
Here are my 5 tips for delivery nerves
1. Some nerves are actually good!
I’ve lost count now of how many hours of training I’ve delivered but I still get a little nervous before each and every session. This can actually be a good thing. They give your body a boost of adrenaline that can help you kick off your session with energy and keep you going throughout.
2. Remember: You’re the trainer
I’ve worked with a lot of new trainers and one of the biggest things they get nervous about is missing something out – particularly when it comes to key legislative or organisational training. The thing to keep in mind is that you are the trainer. You have all the materials and know what is to be delivered. Your participants don’t. If you do miss something out, find a suitable spot to drop it in later. Highlight or have your own notes to ensure you cover the salient points. Don’t be afraid to refer to your notes. It looks far better when you take the time to share the correct information with your participants. In time, you’ll memorise what you need to deliver and rely less and less on your notes.
3. Get Physical
If you don’t have Olivia Newton-John’s song “Physical” in mind already, try giving it a listen to remember this tip.
Move around while you’re delivering. It helps to get rid of some of that nervous energy as well as keeping your participants focused.
Smile. Smiling is a natural relaxant and helps to send positive chemicals into the body.
Talk more slowly than you typically would and leave some long pauses in there too. This slower pace will help calm you down as well as making you easier to hear and give your participants time to absorb what you’ve shared. Pauses can be quite powerful in training, coaching and mentoring.
That boost of adrenaline will cause you to breathe shallowly, sometimes giving you a tremor in your voice. Make a conscious effort to breathe deeply throughout.
5. Make sure you’re fed and watered
Drink water. I can’t stress that enough. Adrenaline makes your mouth dry which can cause you problems. If you’re moving around a lot as I recommended above, you’re also going to sweat with the potential for dehydration – particularly on those hot summer days. The resulting symptoms can also cause you problems. Keep water handy and have regular sips.
When I first started delivering training I was amazed by how much energy it took. More so when you start getting into delivering two or more days in a row. I’d often skip lunches and find myself flagging toward the end of the session, more often than not with a splitting headache. Take every chance you can to keep your body stocked up with energy. A good oatmeal breakfast. A banana or an apple here and there. Green tea or coffee and so on.