I definitely agree with what's said above with keeping your head up and eyes out in front (whether mobile, stopping, or stopped). Aside from the obvious awareness factor, I find it also imparts better balance and keeps you appropriately at the ready when coming to a stop. Most of the time at stop signs, I come to a complete stop without touching down before I throttle off again. I don't recommend you do this, but in time it should become easy. And I do this not only on the Versys, but also my Bandit, which is about 100lbs heavier and feels MUCH more top heavy at low speeds if you can imagine that.
Also, since I suspect approaching a stop is putting you on edge due to the drops you mentioned, the simplest thing to do before that gradual slow down? Remember to breathe. I know it sounds corny, but before you even begin downshifting, take a few nice and easy but deliberate breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth. The calm is quick and effective, and calm is precisely what's needed in a routine stop. Heck, even in a panic stop so as not to slam the controls and lock your wheels.
Finally, head to a large empty parking lot and practice moving very slow in a straight line using clutch and throttle control. Again, this sounds silly, but it will make subtle clutch and throttle inputs second nature so that your balance when coming to a stop really just takes care of itself. It's almost like a race of the slowest, where the winner is the rider who is last to the finish line due to maintaining balance and forward momentum in the slowest way possible. You basically want to master moving as slow and stable as you feel comfortable with, without the feeling of "I'm about to drop this bike".
After some of the slow speed stuff, take a shift up with a little speed, then a shift back down as you come to a complete stop using light brake modulation. You want to really feel the brakes doing their job from the range of only slightly engaging toward the gradual engagement of actually bringing the bike to a halt. Once you feel abundantly comfortable with all of that, you can eventually take on practicing your panic stops in a large parking lot, an underrated and often overlooked exercise. Don't tackle all of that at once though, first just get comfy with moving slow as you feel comfortable with and bringing the bike to a picture perfect stop every time.
No dangling feet either, it's an awful habit to develop on hard surfaces. Feet should be on the pegs until that last moment when the bike is coming to a stop, and they should be back on the pegs as soon as you begin moving forward. This is another habit to nail down when working on the stuff above.