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27Feb/12Off

Presenting Confidently – Top Tips for Managing Your Stage

This is post 4 of a 4 week series on presenting confidently and skilfully.

In the past 3 weeks I’ve talked about:

  • how you can gain confidence about presenting and manage yourself,
  • how to build rapport with your audience and keep their attention and
  • how to manage the content of your presentation.

This week I’m going to share with you how to manage the presentation space or stage to make your presentation more impactful and professional. I’ll include some little known secrets that only the real masters of presenting know.

Sometimes you don’t have much choice about how the presentation area is set up but I’ll be giving you some tips to make the most of what you do have.

Draw on a piece of paper, a rectangle - this is the presentation space or stage, if you have one. Divide up that rectangle into 9 squares so that you have 3 at the front, 3 across the middle and 3 across the back.

  • In the middle square at the front of that rectanglular space is what could be called the ‘Power Spot’ – presenting from there gives you the most authority with your audience. It’s a great place to begin and end your presentation. It’s also a good place to stand when you answer questions.
  • On that stage, make sure you place the visual aid you want your audience to look at most often – such as a projection screen for a Powerpoint presentation - at the back-left-hand side of the rectangle so that the audience needs to looks slightly up and to their left to see it. This is important because this is where our eyes move when we are remembering something visual. If you have another visual aid, like a flip chart, that can be placed near the back-right of the stage.
  • If you move randomly in the presentation space your audience will find the presentation more difficult to follow. It’s a bit like putting random punctuation marks in a sentence – it’s really distracting. You will also miss out on using a presentation trick of the master presenters called ‘stage anchoring’.

Stage anchoring is where you influence the audience by getting the audience used to expecting certain things will be        presented from a certain area of the stage.

Here are a couple of examples of how to use the middle 3 squares of the ‘stage’ or presentation area from left to right and why it’s important.

  • If you’ve got lots of stories or case studies to illustrate your presentation it’s a good idea to begin telling each story from the left hand square of the 3 middle squares. Then tell the middle of the story from the middle of the middle 3 squares and move to the right hand square of the middle 3 squares of the stage to finish the story.
  • If you do this several times it gets the audience used to expecting beginnings of stories when you stand on the left hand side and so on.
  • This way of using the ‘stage’ helps your audience put your content in the right order – and particularly helps the visual people in the audience to follow it better.
  • Another example is, if you have a presentation where you are talking about problems and solutions, you can use the left side of the middle section of the stage for problems and the right hand middle section for solutions.
  • This is a useful technique for influencing your audience to leave problems behind and focus their attention on solutions when you want them to – for instance if you have a progress report to give or if you’re wanting to tap into your audience’s problem solving ideas in a meeting.
  • If you haven’t got much space to move in – for instance, if you’re presenting from your chair in a meeting – you can use arm movements to suggest the different parts of your presentation instead. For example, indicate problems with your left hand and solutions with your right.
  • By the way, if the presentation before yours went badly, avoid standing in the same place as the person who presented it because the audience will connect you with that presentation. It is all to do with people’s habit of generalising and it’s another effect of stage anchoring.

While random movements from presenters can be irritating for your audience, if you do not move at all, the presentation can seem wooden. So, avoid getting stuck behind a lectern or a fixed microphone or being frozen to the spot.

  • An effective way to get movement into the presentation is to point at various features on the screen either with your hand or with a light pointer.
  • And if you’re giving a PowerPoint presentation, you can free yourself from your laptop by changing the slides remotely.
  • Moving around deliberately and purposefully is also a great way to get rid of any nervous energy.

By the way, did you know that there’s a special feature on PowerPoint that allows you to see the slide you’re presenting and the next slide on your laptop screen while your audience only sees the slide you’re presenting. That feature can help you make the presentation run more smoothly, by reminding you about what’s coming next.

My last tip is to make sure that you are standing where everyone can see you and any visual things you have to present. This may seem really obvious to you but I have seen many presentations where the room is being used for more than one activity, such as at business networking meeting. When it came to the point where someone gives a talk some people ended up sitting where they couldn’t see the projection screen.

If you spot that happening and you can’t move the screen, ask the audience to move. You’d think they would do it anyway but sometimes audience members seem to be rooted to their seats – maybe you just need to give them permission to move.

So those are a few secrets about where to stand and how to set up your stage to make the most of your presentation. You can use the front middle to add power, the middle-middle from left to right to tell stories and the back left and right to put visual aids.

There’s a lot more to the art and science of presenting…

If you want to find out more, go to www.buildingselfconfidence.co.uk

And if you want to find out more about sales presenting go to www.TheAccountabilityClub.co.uk

6Feb/120

Presenting Confidently – Top Tips for Managing Your Audience

 

1.   Managing Your Audience

Hello, this is Madeleine Morgan from GrowU.

This is the second of a four post series on presenting confidently and skilfully. Last week I talked about four ways to manage yourself, build your confidence and create a confident impression.

This week I’m going to share with you some ideas for managing your audience and keeping your audience interested.

Because, most of the time, we get by in life with the reasonable communications skills most of us learned very haphazardly from parents, the playground and other things we’ve picked up randomly from life experience, we sometimes under-estimate the special communications skills we need to learn for career and business success.

This quotation from David Gordon gives us a useful and challenging warning:

He said: ‘Just because you are making a noise in my direction don’t assume you are communicating with me.’

Maybe you have some experiences that help you understand the value of those words such as – lost sales, failed interviews, luke warm responses to work presentations and audiences who just didn’t ‘Get it’.

With that in mind here are some useful tips:

Let’s start with some useful questions for you to answer about your presentation:

a.    What is the purpose of my presentation – to inform, engage, enthuse, educate, impress, persuade, sell, get referrals? How will I achieve this?

b.    How will I know if my presentation has been successful? Remember that presentations are more about how the message is received than about ‘broadcasting’ to your audience. The acid test of the success of your presentation is the action your audience takes as a result of it.

For instance, do they buy something from you or adopt a new way of doing things or bring you referrals or…? If your audience enjoyed your presentation but didn’t take the action you intended them to take then you need to rethink your presentation. I remember listening to a presentation on how to get more business by referral. He gave lots of useful tips but ended the presentation with a funny but irrelevant joke. I can’t remember the tips but I do remember the joke.

c.     How can I establish rapport with my audience? This is important because people are more open to accepting your ideas if they know, like and trust you. Some ways to establish rapport are outlined in the points below.

d.    What experience/knowledge/skill does my audience have in relation to the topic of the presentation? What do I need to do to ensure they understand and so feel engaged?

Through you (your body language, voice qualities, ability to summarise, live explanation, question answering etc) and PowerPoint, Role Play, Music, Video, Audience Participation etc. you have the opportunity give your audience a valuable, easily understood and interesting visual/hearing/feeling experience of your topic and make it easier for your audience to make use of the content of your presentation in the way you intended, e.g. to remember and implement.

e.    How does my audience best understand and recall information? How should that influence my presentation style?

Research shows that while spoken and written communication is important most peope also need more help:

  • 40% of people understand and remember information better when it’s presented visually – with pictures, graphs, diagrams, video etc.
  • 20% of people best understand and recall information that is heard, especially when it is said with a variety of voice tones/speeds/expressions. This may also include other sounds such as music, sound effects etc.
  • 40% of people prefer to be ‘walked through’ information step by step and/or have a practical/tactile/emotional experience of it.

f.      Make use of metaphors and stories. We naturally learn and understand by comparing what we do know to something that we don’t know. Metaphors can help your audience understand in an instant what would take many more words to explain. For instance, when people ask me what I do I often compare the life and business coaching I do to what a sports coach does – like a sports coach I help my clients get great results through helping them improve their skills and/or changing their mindset. When I explain it this way people quickly understand the value of the coaching relationship in creating success.

They say, ‘Facts tell, stories sell’. Telling a story can be a great way of opening up your audience’s mind to consider new ideas and information.

g.    What is the audience’s purpose in being there? What do they think they are there for? You may need to find out or explain that. Then you may need to explain early on in your presentation how your presentation fits with their purpose in being in the audience.

h.    What is important to your audience? How will you address their key concerns, interests, etc.? For instance, are they interested in technical excellence, ‘green’ issues, innovation, exam success, in doing a good job and being seen as professional? Your audience will be most attentive and engaged if you are showing them how to achieve what’s important to them.

i.      What are the beliefs and culture of your audience? How will you take that into account? For instance, are they suspicious of your profession? Are there common beliefs you’ll need to influence them to change?

j.      Sometimes you have the unhappy task of delivering bad news. There are ways to do this in a positive light – for instance state what has been learned from mistakes.

Apparently a manufacturer once intended to create a hard glue that would stick things together permanently. The formula turned out to be too weak but another use was found for it and Post-it notes were born!

Are there any advantages to some of the setbacks that have been experienced?

k.     When you have good news to report, make the most of it. For instance if you’re reporting on progress, mention the deliverable and then put the icing on the cake by mentioning the benefits and outcomes of achieving that. For instance, if a new website has been created for the project, what has that achieved in terms of marketing the project or how is it being used for the benefit of users? Case studies are useful stories to include here.

l.      Handling questions – this is a huge topic but here are some tips.

  • The best time to handle an awkward question is before it is asked because this gives you more control over the presentation and shows you are well prepared. That means you need to think about the difficult questions you think will be raised and give information that answers them in your presentation.
  • If you can’t answer a question at the time you can say that you will find the answer and get back to them within an agreed timescale.
  • Sometimes it’s suitable to throw the question over to the audience to get suggestions and ideas.

So, there are many ways to manage manage your audience and keep them engaged. I’ve covered 12 of them today very briefly.

If you want to find out more about confident and skilful presenting go to www.buildingselfconfidence.co.uk

If you want to find out more about sales presenting go to www.TheAccountabilityClub.co.uk

Next week I’ll be talking about techniques to help you manage the content of your presentation and avoid what has been called, ‘Death by Powerpoint’.

In the meantime, good luck with your presentations. I’d love to know how you get on

1Feb/12Off

Presenting Confidently for Business and Public Speaking

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p>In this post I’ll be sharing with you some valuable tips to help you present confidently and skilfully.

It’s a vital skill for your career – interview procedures for management posts increasingly include a presentation assignment for you to do to demonstrate your communication skills. Certain job roles will include presenting and in many companies it can be a great opportunity to increase your visibility, your credibility and so your salary. Business success often depends on how well you present your business to clients and referral partners.

Whether your purpose is too educate, sell, influence, inform, impress, motivate or entertain there are 4 parts to delivering a confident presentation:

1.    Managing Yourself

2.    Managing Your Audience

3.    Managing Your Content

4.    Managing the ‘Stage’ or presentation area

 

In this post I’m going to cover Managing Yourself

They say successful people live in a town just south of Arrogance called Confidence. A confident presentation raises your credibility with your audience and makes them more willing to listen to you.

  1. Unfortunately, surveys show that many people experience the same emotions and physical reactions as they would if they were swimming in shark infested waters! If you are one of those people, you are not alone.

A survey carried out in America found that people were more afraid of presenting than of dying!

My clients have included a director of FTSE 100 company worrying about whether his words would affect the company’s share price, owners of small and medium sized businesses presenting at networking meetings, managers in technology companies presenting to funding bodies, sales people, teachers and many others.

Many of them have been confident people in other areas of their lives but somehow when it comes to presenting they find it tough to stay calm. And the bigger the audience the bigger the nerves.

Some found they were okay once they got into the presentation but for others the whole thing was an ordeal.

Apparently when we are babies there are only 2 fears we’re born with – a fear of loud noises and a fear of falling. All the other fears we have in life are learned. So, the good news is that if fear of presenting is learned, it can also be unlearned.

So here are 3 of the many tools I use to help people tame the butterflies and getting them to fly in formation.

a.     I often use NLP and hypnotic techniques to help people overcome presentation nerves. You can also use some self-hypnosis and put yourself in a positive trance by remembering a time when you really felt confident. Think about it until you start to feel those confident emotions strongly again. Then walk on ‘stage’.

b.   In the days leading up to your presentation remember to rehearse. Do this in real life – out loud -  and also in your head. In your imagination, see the presentation turning out well. Why does this work? Well your mind works best when you focus on what you do want, rather than what you don’t want.

Your mind is a bit like a travel agent. If you said to a travel agent, ‘I don’t want to go to Birmingham’ your travel agent would have to ask you where you do want to go in order to help you. It’s the same with your mind. If you fill your mind with fears and thoughts about what you don’t want to happen, there’s little room for it to focus on how to get you the result you do want.

In fact you confuse your mind when you are nervous. Let me give you an example.

In a second I’m going to give you a command. I want you to notice what you had to do to follow that command. Okay, here’s the command: ‘Don’t think of a pair of sunglasses!’ Did you notice that you had to think of a pair of sunglasses to even process that thought? That’s because your mind finds it difficult to process negatives. So if you say to yourself, ‘I don’t want to make a mistake’ or ‘I don’t want to forget my lines’ you programme you mind to think about mistakes and forgetting rather than correct action and remembering.

c.  Breath deeply – deep, long and slow breaths are hard-wired in our nervous system to relaxation. If you are too nervous you tend to forget things, on the other hand, a certain amount of adrenalin helps you perform better.

If these confidence tips don’t completely cure your nerves, seek the help of anNLP trained presentation skills coach.

Here are some other tips for managing yourself during a presentation:

  • If you are trying to convey a positive message when your body language and voice qualities are not positive, it’s your body language and voice qualities that will be believed. You can’t see me right now but if I say, ‘I erh feel umm confident’ how much do you believe me when I use that tone of voice? Not at all! So, keep your tone and body language upbeat.
  • Because our body language and voice tones affect our emotions you will also feel more upbeat. Try it now. Check that     no-one can see you. Now, smile or laugh for no reason whatsoever. Did you notice yourself feeling happier?
  • Your body language needs to enhance your message so use gestures that are relevant to what you’re saying. Avoid random arm movements, swaying on your feet etc. because they are distracting. Hands held in front of you with palms together or facing upwards can look weak, defensive or needing to please someone. Pointing at your audience can    seem aggressive.
  • A good presenter’s stance is to stand with your feet hip width apart, your weight evenly balanced on both legs and with your knees slightly flexed. If you imagine an invisible string pulling your chest and the crown of your head upwards your back and shoulders will automatically be straight and you will look confident.
  • One authoritative way to use your arms and hands is to move your hands down and outwards in a spreading movement with your palms facing down or angled downwards. This is known as a ‘Levelling’ gesture and it says things like, ‘This is the way it is.’ You often see TV reporters using it.
  •  If you want to convey certainty or a positive message avoid words such as ‘quite’, ‘reasonably’ and ‘fairly’ – for instance, avoid ‘fairly successful’. Say it was successful or if you want to qualify the success give specific details.
  • Avoid using a voice tone that goes up at the end of a sentence, unless you are asking a question, because it can sound doubtful.

Your image

Apparently people make 11 judgements about us in the first 30 seconds of meeting us. What we wear contributes to their assessment of us. There is a saying: dress for the job you want rather than the job you have. Whether you are interested in clothes or not they are a language that conveys certain messages. Here are some translations:

  1.  If you want to create an authoritative look follow the example of people in authority and wear the deepest colour suit that suits you, a white/cream shirt or blouse/top and plain tie/scarf. Remember how Obama and Cameron are dressed on formal occasions – dark suit, white shirt and dark red or dark blue tie.
  2.  Invest in an image consultation to find out what really suits you. I remember coaching an area bank manager. He was in his thirties and enjoyed being fashionable. At the time chunky things were popular, such as wide collars and large knots in ties. The trouble was that he was very slim and so he looked swamped by his clothes as if he was a boy in man’s clothing. Because I’m trained in spotting these things I could advice him to wear narrower ties and collars that suited his build. Most people wouldn’t be able to pinpoint that reason why he seemed less professional and authoritative but they would certainly get that impression all the same.
  3. A tip for the men - red tie draws attention to your mouth which can be handy when you’re presenting.  Talking of ties,   the best length is touching your trouser waist. If you make the tie shorter or longer it directs attention to your                  stomach or, unfortunately, much lower down and gives you less credibility.
  4. If you wear a different colour jacket from your skirt or trousers you will look shorter and fatter. If you wear the same colour jacket and trousers/skirt you will look taller and slimmer.

So, there are many ways to manage your self in order to feel and convey confidence – the 4 we’ve covered today are: positive rehearsal, body language, voice qualities and image.

If you want to find out more about confident and skilful presenting go to www.buildingselfconfidence.co.uk

And if you want to find out more about sales presenting go to www.TheAccountabilityClub.co.uk

26Oct/100

Confident Presenting – 7 Tips to Raise Your Confidence When You’re Speaking in Public

One of the Most Elusive Keys to  Confident Presenting is Managing Yourself and Your Emotions

Most people experience lack of confidence when they are presenting as an emotional hijack they have no control over. Once the nerves start your body is taken over by your anxious and shallow breathing and racing heart beat. Butterflies begin their crazy flight in your stomach and the tension in your neck spreads down into your shoulders and travels down to your toes.  Sometimes the nerves start when you first find out you have a presentation coming up.  Then you have sleepless nights and anxious thoughts chase around in your brain - What if I forget what I've prepared? What if there's a glitch with the technology? What if people ask me awkward questions? What if... the list is endless. For some people the anxiety starts nearer the presentation - while you're waiting your turn, when you step on stage, while you're being introduced....Whenever the anxiety starts, the even worse thought is that if you lack confidence on stage all your worst fears are more likely to come about - you feel doomed because you absolutely know you'll fluff your lines, forget the most impressive point, stutter over the perceptive question and and everyone will see you're clutching your notes with a nervous grip. You know you'll also sentence yourself to endless replays of the worst moments and the things you should have said will haunt your brain.

No wonder research has found that most people fear public speaking more than death. Why is that? My guess is that we've been brought up to fear making a mistake in front of lots of people. For example, think of the ridicule heaped on kids at school by their fellow students and sometimes even their teachers for making small mistakes and giving 'wrong' answers.

The trouble is that a lot of the things we want most in life - career and business success, making a difference in the world, influencing others with our ideas, being known as an expert, making sales, championing a worthy cause, teaching so people learn, entertaining an audience and connecting with people in our work and personal lives depends on our ability to present confidently and  naturally. You have probably noticed that when you are feeling successful, motivated, happy and confident you are more likely to do the right things to get you what you want.

 Useful States for Presenters

It would be useful for you to be and feel confident, motivated, excited, enthusiastic, competent, assertive, powerful and many other positive states when presenting, wouldn't it?  Master presenters are able to create these emotions in themselves whenever they need them. And when they do that, they often lead their audiences to feel that way too.

Managing Your State

So how can you manage your emotions when you are preparing for and delivering a presentation? If you are feeling nervous or uncertain about a presentation, it is just a signal that you need to do more preparation on one or more of 7 levels. Here are some suggestions for causes of uncertainty at each level and ways in which you could prepare so that you feel confident:

 

1. Purpose/Goal/outcome: If you are uncertain at this level, it is possible that your purpose in giving the presentation is more to do with enhancing your reputation and seeking perfection.

 You have probably noticed that when you are focussed on contributing and giving a gift you are often able to forget yourself and focus on the needs of others instead and then perform better. So, a way to regain your confidence on this level is by focussing on giving the gift of your expertise, valuable information, encouragement, feedback and other things you think that you can contribute. The great thing is that when you do this you are more likely to enhance your reputation and achieve excellence anyway! 

2. How you think of yourself: If you are uncertain at this level it is possible that you do not think of yourself as a presenter or a valuable contributor. To regain confidence at this level, you could start to think of yourself as a presenter, learner, leader, contributor, catalyst for change and any other identity you think would be useful. Find evidence in your life to support these ways of thinking of yourself.

3. Values: Values are about what is important to you. If you are feeling uncertain at this level, it is possible that you value certainty, your significance and perfection above contribution, adventure, learning and growth and connection. You may be asking yourself lots of questions that create doubt in you, like: ‘What will they think of me?’ What if it goes wrong?’ What if someone asks me a question I can’t answer?’

 To regain confidence at this level you could ask yourself questions that put you in a resourceful state and relate to the values of contribution, learning and connection, such as: ‘How can I ensure that the presentation is effective and engaging for my audience?’ ‘What questions are they likely to ask and what answers shall I prepare?’

 4. Beliefs: Beliefs are about what we think is true. There is enough evidence in the world to believe anything we want to believe and so we might as well hold beliefs that support us.

If you are experiencing uncertainty at this level, these might be some of the beliefs that you hold: if I make a mistake people will think badly of me forever; it is bad to make mistakes; something will go wrong and I will look foolish; I am not a good presenter; they will find out that I am not as good as they thought; they know more than I do; my contribution is not worthwhile; if I feel confident people will think I’m arrogant or I won’t prepare properly etc.

 To regain confidence on this level you could believe: there is no failure only feedback; everyone makes a worthwhile contribution in their way; mistakes are just an opportunity to learn and grow; whatever happens I will handle it, etc. Find evidence to make the old negative beliefs look ridiculous and to strengthen the new and positive beliefs.

 5. Skills: Uncertainty at this level is about not knowing how to do something that would allow you to create a successful presentation. For instance, you might not be certain about how to stand and deliver, how to work a projector, how to create a Power Point presentation or how to keep your audience engaged in what you're saying.

To regain certainty at this level, identify the skills you need to develop and then seek training, feedback and practise. Find role models for the presentation styles you like and copy them.

 6. Behaviour: Uncertainty at this level is created if you are not doing the things you need to do to create a successful presentation.

To gain confidence at this level you need to plan and practise so that you use all the relevant skills well and unconsciously, just like you do when you are driving a car.

Bonus Tips:

In our neurology, our states and emotions are wired to our body language. So, one of the most important things to do at this level is to stand and move with a body language that helps you to experience the state you want. For instance, if you want to feel confident, stand taller, relax your shoulders, breath deeply and move more deliberately.

 7. Resources and Environment: Uncertainty at this level is about not having the time, equipment, assistance, space, etc. that you need to make your presentation successful.

To restore confidence at this level you need to make sure that you gather the resources and create the environment you need or work out ways to get round any challenges in this area. One useful resource is  a coach who can help you develop your confidence and the skills to present impactfully.

If you would like to find out more about how to present confidently, naturally and skilfully contact Madeleine Morgan for a free Discovery Session. We'll discuss your current challenges and abilities related to presenting, what you'd like to achieve, what is getting in the way and what resouces you need to present the way you would like to. C all Cambridge 01223 426392 or email mm@buildingselfconfidence.co.uk

22Oct/100

Confident and Skilful Presenting – Managing Your Content

One tried, tested and yet little known  way to organise the content of your presentation is to use the 4-Mat System

The 4-Mat System comes from a study of learning styles by Bernice McCarthy. By structuring your content in this way you’ll help all 4 kinds of learners and you are more likely to influence and engage the whole of your audience. When they are taking in information and learning, some people ask What? more than any other question, e.g. What is this about? Some people are more interested in the answer to the question, Why? Others are more interested in How? While others wonder, What if?

 Here’s how to sequence the material in your presentation to answer all these questions and help your audience get to grips with the topic:

  1. Give a ‘Small What?’ This is the subject heading and a few sentences describing the subject. E.g. ‘I’m going to talk about the 4-Mat System for organising the content in your presentation.’
  2. Follow the ‘Small What?’ with lots of ‘Why?’ because until the Why? People have a good reason to listen they will not pay attention. E.g. ‘This is important for you to learn because, if you use it, you are more likely to influence and engage your whole audience.’
  3. After the ‘Why?’ give your detailed information or Large ‘What?’. People need detail before they can think about how to use something or consider the implications. E.g. In the 4-Mat system, 4 learning styles have been identified...’
  4. Next talk about the ‘How?’ In a presentation, this might be talking about how they could implement the information in their departments, etc. E.g. ‘The sequence in which you use the 4-Mat System is…’
  5. Finally, look at the consequences. What would happen if you did this? What would happen if you didn’t? What would happen if you didn’t do this? What wouldn’t happen if you didn’t do this?  E.g. ‘If you don’t use this system a large section of the will not pay attention. People who are mainly ‘What if’ people need time to ask questions.

 Sometimes your audience will be made up of a majority of one category of learner.

For instance, more What If? People tend to be in marketing, sales and action-oriented managerial roles.

More How? People are in applied sciences and engineering.

More What? People are in natural sciences, maths, research and planning.

More Why? People tend to be in personnel training, organisational development, humanities and social sciences.

If you are presenting to audiences where there is a bias towards a particular learning style you need to tailor the balance of your presentation to suit it.

If you'd like some expert help with a presentation or public speaking engagement you've got coming up, please contact Madeleine Morgan 01223 426392 or email mm@buildingselfconfidence.co.uk for a free consultation. We'll discuss the presentation you want to give, what you want to achieve, what might get in the way of achieving your outcomes and what resources are available to help you deliver your presentation confidently and skilfully.

http://www.growu.co.uk and http://www.buildingselfconfidence.co.uk

22Oct/100

Confident Presenting – Public Speaking Mastery

 Why is it important to be a skilled public speaker and presenter?

Public speaking and presentations are still really important ways to increase your influencing and earing power from 1-2-1 to 1-2-many. If you could become a more powerful and effective public speaker, what would you do:

  • stand for Parliament,
  • inspire a team in your business,
  • earn a living out of public speaking
  • rally support for a good cause,
  • entertain your family and friends at a wedding
  • enhance your reputation as an expert,
  • make a difference in the world,
  • teach and train people,
  • promote your business
  • succeed in an interview
  • sell more
  • or…?

 The Number One Fear

In survey results, public speaking and presenting turn up as the number one things people fear – even more than death!

Even people who are confident and comfortable in themselves often find public speaking and presentations an ordeal. Perhaps because they know that if they make a mistake not only will there be lots of witnesses and but also they'll probably give themselves a hard time afterwards replaying the mistake in their minds long after everyone else has forgotten it.

Sometimes experienced public speakers can sabotage their presentations without even knowing it and many could get even better results with the secrets and systems you’re going to discover in the pages of this blog in the coming months and years.

 In these blog pages you’ll find out how to:

  • Give presentations with increased confidence and skill
  • Identify key factors that make presentations effective
  • Discover the unconscious ways presentations can be sabotaged and how to avoid them
  • Identify when to use different types of body language
  • Understand the what body language can give a presenter power and presence
  • Avoid the hidden barriers to getting your message across
  • And so much more…

If you'd like some expert help with a presentation or public speaking engagement you've got coming up, please contact Madeleine Morgan 01223 426392 or email mm@buildingselfconfidence.co.uk for a free consultation. We'll discuss the presentation you want to give, what you want to achieve, what might get in the way of achieving your outcomes and what resources are available to help you deliver your presentation confidently and skilfully.

http://www.growu.co.uk and http://www.buildingselfconfidence.co.uk

   
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