Everyone is afraid of the presentation. Even the greatest speakers who present themselves as self-confident, feel stress before presenting. It’s a natural defense response. Fortunately, you can easily get used to it and don’t feel the stress over time.
If you want to know how to present at rest and praise the audience at the end, you will learn in this article how.
Although the following 7 are no magic pills that make you a superb speaker. Nothing also exists. But they will certainly help you speed up the process. improving.
In addition, you will also learn how to get an audience and explain why you feel stress.
The bad news is that you will not learn to present only from the book. Even worse is that you will not learn it without standing in front of people on a regular basis. Just so you won’t learn to get under your control. It’s not as easy as it may seem in the book.
Fortunately, there is good news. It’s called Toastmasters. For several years, they have also been providing the opportunity to learn how to present themselves in a great collective and supportive environment in UK. I was a member for a year and it helped me tremendously. You can learn more about them here.
2. Read books at a pace
Needless to say, those less experienced speakers are nervous. But what is to be said is to know why people perceive a person as nervous. What you read for a while will teach you how to influence this perception in your favor.
One of the reasons why people perceive a speaker as nervous is that he speaks fast and stammeres.
When you speak quickly, you are giving a signal that what you are saying is not important and you do not need to pay attention to it. This is the last thing you want.
Secondly, when you stumble, you show that you do not know what you are talking about. It is impossible to completely remove it. But your job is to minimize the number of stunts. Do you know why? Because when you talk slowly, the probability of stuttering is dramatically reduced.
Look at confident people. How do they say? Most of the time slowly. Do you hear them stuttering? Not very much. That’s because slow narration makes it quite impossible. If you talk slowly, you can more easily know your control.
When people stand in front of the audience, they tend to literally burst out the first sentence. This causes some words to drop. Start and make a mistake right away. Such a situation will certainly not add to their self-esteem and they will speak quickly from nervousness.
Here comes something that I call a snail reading. The basic idea is to take any book and read it very slowly. Literally slugging pace. That is, say one word for three seconds. In this way, you will gradually learn to slow down the presentation speed. But that’s the first step.
When you learn to control it consciously, the next step is to make it a habit. Always tell me before the presentation that you need to start slowly. And it is. Repeat it around. This will increase your chances of starting smoothly.
Over time, it will become self-evident for you and you will see a significant improvement.
3. Find a mentor / mentor
How would you like to acquire skills that would make you a step forward as a speaker? Surely it would be great. Therefore, one of the fastest ways to learn is to have a mentor.
And even better is to have a mentor who has gone through the same thing you do and can tell you exactly what to do.
To speed up your learning, you don’t have to be satisfied with one mentor. Keep them more. Two and three. More mentors are worth having because they can give you more insights on one thing. But this is not all. Want more from mentoring?
Find those mentors who specialize in one area. As a result, you will be able to customize your presentation to different situations and combine techniques from different areas for even greater efficiency.
4. Read presentation books (but only good)
But what if you don’t have the luxury of mentoring?
In that case, the mentor needs to be replaced with a book. But not just some. There are more than 40 books on presentation available in UK. But most of them are not worth much.
I’m not saying those authors can’t present. They certainly know that. I can say for sure that even better than me. But I doubt their ability to teach you. General theories without examples and advice like “try to calm down and think about how it worked out” don’t work. I have it verified for myself.
So instead of scrambling through those unnecessary books, I’ll give you a list of the best ones available to us. You will also find specific advice and examples that are validated and working.
Carmine Gallo wrote the book The Secrets of Steve Jobs’ Great Presentations. This book is pure practice. Analysis of one of the best speakers in business, Steve Jobs. He reveals his techniques and on specific examples you will see exactly what to do. An invaluable source of information and compulsory reading for anyone who wants to learn to present well.
From Roman Braun The Art of Rhetoric. This was one of the first books I read about the presentation. And today I still think it is one of the best books on presentation. It includes not only examples of how to do it, but also bad examples of not doing it. Very useful book.
Aristotle and his Rhetoric. It’s a pretty demanding book written in a completely different style than we are used to today. But the second part of this book is priceless. It contains psychological principles to learn how to arouse emotions in the audience. Even after more than 2000 years since its writing, it has obscured many modern books on rhetoric.
These should be enough for you to get started.
5. Analyze good speakers
You’ve read that it’s good to go to the Toastmasters Club. It’s good to have a mentor. You will know three books that will teach you to present yourself great. What can you do to move your presentations to an even higher level? The answer is to analyze the professional speakers who have made a great deal of presentation thanks to the presentation. Watch what they are doing, what words they choose, how they argue…
One warning: if you haven’t done so far, it will be boring and tedious for you for the first time until you learn to observe different principles in practice. Well, the crop that comes from your efforts will be worth it.
6. Improve on any topic for 2 minutes
You can also do this at home when you are alone. If you have someone at home, ask him to make you an audience. This will make you a little more nervous and will simulate a real situation. It is an improvisation on anything for 2 minutes.
What will be your task?
Say anything you can think of. It doesn’t matter what it will be. It doesn’t have to have a head and a heel. It doesn’t have to be structured. The task is to speak smoothly and without unnecessary words about 2 minutes. This is how you learn to speak without stammering.
This is the first option. What’s the other one?
If you have a previous workout by neck, connect it with a slow reading book. For example, read one A4 text. Then talk about it without training. The challenge is again to be fluent and avoid stammering or unnecessary words.
Do you know what happens if you make a mistake that you don’t know was a mistake? Next time you repeat it. And then again when it comes to a bad habit.
The reason why people are only slowly improving in the presentation is that no one tells them where they made the mistake.
But the bad habit is most easily removed at the beginning. This can be done by feedback because it will tell you what was good and what was wrong.
How does feedback look like? One possibility is that someone tells you your opinion about your presentation. It is important to include some recommendations on this. If he tells you that you have not been released and recommends that you relax, it will not help you if he does not say how to do it.
Or there is one way (and in combination with mentoring such feedback is insurmountable).
Upload to video Check it out and see for yourself what you have done well and how you have been on people. You will see your body language. You’ll find out if you spoke quickly. You will find out how often you have used useless words. Seeing on the video is useful because the video is objective. She doesn’t embellish anything. A friend can tell you that it was great to insult you. But if you made a mistake somewhere, the video will show you. If it was great, you’ll see it.
And now how to combine it with mentoring. If you’ve found a mentor, show him your video presentation, and based on his experience, he’ll be able to spot things you may not have noticed. Do you see the effectiveness in this way? It’s really big.
But where to take the video of your presentation and not even the mentor who would look at it?
Remember Toastmasters? You can choose a mentor there. And each of your presentations is uploaded to video to see how it works.
How to present without stress
As Mark Twain said:
“There are two types of speakers. Those who are afraid and those who lie. “
Millions of people around the world present at this very moment their design, product, idea … and wonder if they are doing well, whether they are just embarrassing or thinking about getting rid of stress.
When I look back at myself, it also made me tremendous problems. To stand up and talk in front of a crowd of people, that’s a slacker.
But what if I told you that presentation can also be fun. Exactly. Entertainment. Cool. Enjoyment.
I know it sounds incredible. Well, give me a few minutes and see how you increase your self-confidence in front of a group of people.
Now, from time to time, I already have some experience with speaking to people. But mainly I discovered and taught one trick. And today you will find him.
Four years ago, when I was to stand in front of a larger group of people and start talking before them, I was so nervous. My speech was disastrous, my voice was shaking, I was boring and even stammered. I wouldn’t be afraid to stab.
Looking at it statistically, the fear of performing in public appears at the top of the charts of the greatest fears. In some surveys, even tromphole and fear of death.
Even some joker once said that in a funeral speech people would rather be in a coffin than they should say mourning.
Why do we have such a great fear of presenting? because:
- we feel uncomfortable
- we think that when we say something, it is bad
- we freeze and we don’t know what to do / say.
These feelings are like our judges. They cause us inner insanity. They bring us deadly judgments.
Everyone feels all this. By linking these illusory judgments, their performance is getting worse and worse.
But nobody wants that. We want to be better and better. But how can it be?
Okay, let’s go straight to the thing.
Let’s play the detective for a moment and use our deduction skills.
What causes fear? Why are we even afraid? And when we were originally afraid of something, what did we do to be afraid? It will seem incredible, but you don’t need to be a genius to get an answer.
Think of your first day at work. Were you afraid? Were you nervous? I suppose at least a little. That’s because it was something new and unknown to you. But move forward by half a year. Are you afraid now? Not really. You know what to do. You know how to react. You have experience. Why would you worry? The reason for this is not. The trick is that you did it regularly and got used to it.
The same is true with presentation skills. People around the world are afraid of presenting themselves in front of the crowd because they have never done it or have little experience with it. That’s why you are also afraid of presenting.
If you regularly train your presentation skills, you will notice for yourself that it goes and fear will gradually evaporate.
Even with training, you can also notice physical changes. Your attitude will gradually become saberish, you will begin to feel more relaxed when you talk to people.
Maybe you will say, but I have nowhere to train.
The options are. Like the Toastmasters Speaking Club. It meets regularly once a week and there you can practice regularly.
If you start to present regularly, you will surely notice that for the first time you will have a huge fear. But the second time it will be better. Third time even better. Fourth time again better.
You don’t even realize it and suddenly you’ll be a tenfold better speaker. In my opinion, it is amazing, truly amazing, when you experience it on your own.
Well, you need to do it regularly. It can no longer be easier.
I know, maybe it doesn’t sound like a super secret discovery. But it works.
Only one crocheted it. It’s simple. But I didn’t say easy.
You are looking for something that will give you endless courage just by reading it. If you have expected something like this, I will disappoint you. Nothing also exists. It is impossible from a psychological point of view. It can not be. If you are afraid of something for years, do not get rid of fear by snapping your finger.
The solution is simple. Build a habit. You don’t have to have a megamog for that.
But making it so easy doesn’t have to be. The reality is that something needs to be done because the fear does not go away from itself. He needs to face him regularly. Not once every six months. Not once every five months and hoping it is enough. Not! It needs to be much more regular. At least once a week during the first month. And it may not be pleasant.
Every good speaker started somewhere. He started as much as you did, and he has a bad speech like you. Well, they built a habit. It is for the most part a habit. When you get used to performing in front of people, it becomes your part and it will even be interesting for you and it will entertain you. You will be surprised at how your voice changes or how you become more confident and how you look at yourself.
How to take a presentation at the beginning
If you want to draw attention at the beginning of the presentation, curiosity is clearly the right way.
It is our innate property that everyone has.
Therefore, you can use it to your advantage at any time.
In fact, when we are curious, we have no choice but to be careful.
The question now is: how to do it?
Before you know it, I have a real example for you of your life first.
Have you ever seen a movie trailer? I’m asking. Of course yes. Do you know how screenwriters do that in people they want to see a movie?
You guessed. Curiosity.
The role of the trailer is to create interest. Since the Hollywood screenwriters have taken the movies, it is no different than curiosity. At least for successful films