One of the most common questions that we get asked at PRESENTATION EXPRESSIONS is “How can I effectively prepare for my presentation?” and that’s what I want to look at in this weeks tip.
I’m not talking about your slides or content here though I’m talking about YOU. Fear is one of the most common problems for people when presenting or public speaking.
Let’s look at three ways that you can get yourself ready for your next presentation and reduce or completely eliminate any fear that you may have.
The three things that I want to look at are:
Know your material. You need to know the subject of your presentation, if you don’t know your material then you shouldn’t be presenting the subject. The audience whoever they are are there to learn from you, this is important to remember.
How can this be achieved? You need to practice, all the great presenters practice. The late Steve Jobs practiced for a minimum of two weeks before every presentation and look how good he was. Practice, Practice, Practice.
“Don’t focus on you!” Focus on your presentation, remember why you are there. Also remember to focus on your audience:
- What do they need to know?
- Why are they there?
- Do their lives have any effect on your presentation?
Whatever it is focus on your audience. Once again remember the presentation is not about YOU it is about your audience.
You might consider this last one a little funny but being relaxed before a presentation is essential. Before your presentation you can do the following to help you relax.
1.Take a deep breath
You might feel silly but it works I do this 3 to 5 times before a presentation.
2.Relax your shoulders
Remove any tension you have by raising and dropping your shoulders a few times.
Give them really a good shake.
Again give them a really good shake.
Yes, give them a really good shake.
Move your head from side to side and roll.
Do all of these to help remove any tension that you have and you will start to feel relaxed and good.
To summarize then, the three things to do to effectively prepare for your next presentation are:
Oops! When you watch the video listen out for my mistake at 3.26, I say “Try these techniques before your next video.” Of course I should have said before your next presentation. Sorry about that I guess I was enjoying making the video a little too much this week. 🙂
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