Aug 23, 2022
terrified of public speaking? Do you break out in a cold sweat at
the thought of having to stand in front of a group and talk? If so,
don't worry - you're not alone. Here are some tips, tricks and
strategies you can use to become a powerful presenter.
Speak from the Heart
The best way to give a good speech is to be authentic
and genuine. If you believe in what you are saying, it
will show in your voice and body language. People will be able to
Be Specific with Your Intent
Write it Out
One of the best ways to ensure that your presentation is
well-organized and flows smoothly is to write it out.
This doesn't mean that you need to memorize every word but
having a general outline will help to keep you on track.
Don't read your speech, if necessary, just read the lead
sentences that you write on a three-by-five card.
You should understand your speech so well that you could
explain it to an eight-year-old.
Be Present & Connect with your Audience
When you're giving a presentation, it's important to be
present and to connect with your audience.
Connect with your audience in the first 60 seconds and then
engage them throughout your presentation.
Make eye contact with individuals throughout the room and try
to establish a rapport. This will help to keep people engaged and
interested in what you're saying.
Room Set Up
The way you set up the room can have a big impact on how well
your presentation is received.
Arrive early and take a look at the room so that you can
determine the best way to set up.
The worse thing that can happen to you is when they put the
bright lights in your eyes and black out the audience.
As a speaker, it is important that you see the faces of your
audience. It makes a difference.
Learn & Apply Strategies
Public speaking can be improved with experience. However,
there are strategies you can use to make sure your presentation a
success even if you are just starting out.
Try to be your authentic self and speak like you normally
would to your audience.
Look at them in the eye and address them directly. If you are
speaking to a large audience, look at one person then another
before moving on.
Increase Confidence with Practice
You can increase your professionalism and confidence
when giving a presentation by eliminating the Uhms, Ahs and pauses
in your presentation. In order to this...
Try to pause when emphasizing points. This will help to make
your presentation smoother and more polished.
The key is to know your subject and what you want to
Practice, practice, practice.
Impact Your Audience Through Personal Stories
Personal Stories will help you to engage your audience,
deliver a more entertaining presentation, and help people to retain
your message better. By delivering key points through a
story, you can help people to relate and apply the message you are
Closing your Presentation
When you're closing your presentation...
Be sure to review the main points that you want your audience
Remind your audience what they can do now that they've heard
Ask them for one idea that they can use NOW. In two weeks. In
Give them a Call to Action
End on a positive note.
Giving a presentation can be nerve-wracking, but it doesn’t
have to be. By following these tips, you can give a powerful
presentation that connects with your audience and leaves them
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