There are a lot of tips and tools to presenting around the Internet. In this blog post I will help you be confident with yourself and rock your presentation. The first thing to know is that you are not the only person to be nervous or have fears about the presentation. Actually, a study shows that the peoples number one fear is public speaking. Mark Twain put it quite well: “There are two types of speakers, the nervous and the liars.”. With these five steps I hope that you’ll be more confident in yourself and maybe leave some of that stage fright behind.
1. Know your stuff
The first thing is that you really need to know your stuff. So prepare your presentation well. Not just the part you are speaking of, you need to know a little bit more. You know that the audience could have some questions. Politicians are the only people on earth that have the possibility to speak well without knowing what they are talking about. If you can do it, maybe you should run for an office.
2. Learn the space.
This is overlooked by many speakers. But to be confident in your presentation, you need to be sure that everything works just the way you wanted it to. So you better know do they have a projector, how to speak to the mic. This is really important, so don’t forget it.
3. Know the audience
If possible, have a discussion with some of the people in the audience before the presentation. This way the audience seems more like friends than just a bunch of random people. And it’s always easier to speak to friends.
This is starting to sound like a cliche, but it’s still true. The greatest speakers practice their presentations hundreds or even thousands of times. Good ways to practice are presenting to family members, friends, camera and if none of those are available then in front of a mirror.
5. Ignore the mistakes
If you happen to forget to mention something or can’t remember something, just go on with your presentation. The audience will never ever know unless you tell them that. Don’t apologize it. It’s just human.
After you have covered these basics it is easier to get on stage. As long as you remember that everyone’s having similar feelings you’re going to be just fine. Sign up to Presefy and go and rock your presentations!