Presentation tips on public speaking will build your confidence during presentation
Whether we’re talking in a team meeting or in a presention in front of an audience, we all have to speak in public from time to time.
We can do this well or we can do this badly, and the outcome strongly affects the way that people think about us. This is why public speaking causes so much anxiety and concern during presen.
The good news is that, with thorough preparation and practice, you can overcome your nervousness and build your confidence during presentation.
Use an animated voice. Great speakers vary the pitch, tone, pace, and volume of their verbal delivery.
They’re not afraid to use dramatic pauses. Dr. Jill Bolte-Taylor is a brain researcher who delivered one of the most popular TED talks of all time, My Stroke of Insight.
While the talk is excellent, it’s another TED talk that shows the range of Dr. Jill’s verbal skills.
In this presentation on how the teenage brain works, she begins at a leisurely pace of 165 words per minute. Within a few minutes Dr.
Jill is demonstrating how the teenage brain gets flooded with hormones and she speeds up the pace of her delivery to 220 words per minute. Dr. Jill’s vocal delivery enhances the narrative.
Pay attention to your body language. Great speakers watch themselves on video and pay careful attention to their body language. They make strong eye contact.
When appropriate they use hand gestures to reinforce their messages.
I know a Silicon Valley leader—someone considered one of the great speakers in corporate America—who hired a body language coach about twenty years ago when he became the principle spokesperson for his company.
What your body says speaks volumes. Great speakers don’t take their body language for granted.
Talk like a thought leader. Good speakers have strong messages about their product, service, or brand. Great speakers are thought leaders who teach their audiences something about the industry, often things they didn’t know.
These leaders read a lot of books, white papers, studies, and really think hard about the broader questions facing their respective businesses. See yourself as an educator and teach your audience something new during presentation.
Tell personal stories. Good speakers tell stories; great speakers tell personal ones. A good presentation includes customer stories, brand stories, and stories of other successful individuals or companies.
These stories are fine, but if you’ve reached a high level of success it’s likely that people want to hear more about you.
Great speakers rehearse for their big moment and they do it many, many times.
I watched Rory McIlroy win the British Open. On the par-5 16th, he hit a drive 360 yards and on his second shot made the green from 220 yards away.
He two-putted for birdie. Great golfers make it look easy because they practice ten hours a day.
I’m not suggesting that you practice 10 hours a day for your next presentation, but I am recommending that you put in at least 10 hours of time rehearsing your presentations from start to finish.
“The day of average is officially over.” Being an average speaker—or even a ‘good’ one—won’t get you the notice you deserve.