Become Known as a Powerful & Credible Speaker

Overcome debilitating nervousness and deliver a strong, flawless presentation. Sheena Walker reveals seven essential tips to help prepare you for your next keynote.

Your stomach is queasy, your palms are sweaty, and your mind has gone blank about your opening lines. What will you be like when you’ve been introduced as the (next) speaker and the room goes quiet…?

Are you doomed to presentation panic or paralysis, or can you overcome that debilitating nervousness and deliver a speech that wows the audience?

If you are like most people, then public speaking or presenting is one of your major fears. Yet these crucial skills are often called upon.

You owe it to yourself to develop some strategies and techniques to manage your nerves so you can concentrate on delivering an effective and engaging presentation.

Here are 7 Tips that will help you get ready for your next presentation:

1. Nothing is worse for nerves than trying to give a presentation on a topic you are not well prepared for. This doesn’t mean you have to be an expert beforehand, but you’d better know it forward and backwards on your presentation’s day.

2. Rehearse your opening phrase till you can recite it in your sleep. Keep it simple. Start your speech with a question or a shocking statement – something that relates to your topic. Then tell your audience how you’ll cover the top 10 things to know about your topic (“Today I’ll share with you the 10 most misunderstood things about….”)

3. Make sure you’ve understand your audience and their needs properly. This will help you ensure that your material is engaging and of interest to them.

4. Don’t try to cover everything on your topic. This is one of the biggest mistake most non-experienced speakers make. You can’t possibly cover everything you know in your presentation. Instead select the most pertinent points from your subject base and then supplement with other material if time allows.

5. To make your material more interesting, engaging, and memorable, include questions to the audience to encourage audience participation.This enhances audience attentiveness, deepens the learning experience, and gives you a break from presenting while the audience members ask their questions or voice their comments. It also allows you deliver your information in a more conversational manner which will make you more likeable… and you’ll come across as a total pro.

6. If you don’t know the answer to a question, DON’T TRY TO WING IT! Don’t be afraid to admit it that you don’t know.  “That’s a great question Jim, but that’s outside of my expertise. If you give me your email address, though, I have a colleague who’d has all that info, and I’d be glad to email it to you…”

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