“The secret to being successful and memorable speaker is replacing self- consciousness and fear with self-confidence.” Mark W. Hardwick, Ph.D.
Know thy Self: Relevant Information + Insight = Self-Knowledge
- Focus on development and being aware of natural strengths–start with Smart-steps.
- Be a teacher not a performer—communicating effectively is a person-to-person art; the heart of communicating and influencing others is in essence the act of caring and understanding the audience needs and expectations. People want you to succeed as a speaker. So help the audience get what they need by providing new information, relevant data and facts, insights and they engage them, so they will want to help you succeed.
- Fake it till you—make it. Don’t focus on nervousness such as hands shaking or dry mouth. Focus on task at hand providing compelling information and meeting people’s expectations.
- Be enthusiastic and passionate about your topic and ideas. Ask the question—Does this speech have a SOO a significant overriding objective. How can I make the point stick and make it easy to understand and useful?
- Take a positive “visualization trip” let your imagination run freely for 5-10 minutes. See yourself succeeding and audience clapping.
- Risk self-disclosing by telling stories and providing examples from your life
- The best teacher for learning presentations is presenting or speaking itself. When combined with specific model and meaningful feedback “practice can make perfect”.
- Make message concise focus on the 20% that can make a difference and leave the fluff home. Challenge your self by presenting concepts that follow the 80/20 rule.
- Stop-Think Smart-Choose technique—that says that 80% of your results come from 20% of your efforts. Try to figure out what priorities you want to spend your time and energy on—your 20%; then choose at least three HIGH PAYOFF PRESENTATION PRIORITIES.
- Learn to Relax—Use that shot of adrenaline to eliminate self-doubt, judgment and need to be perfect. Focus on the audience not your nervousness. Take a deep breath and then begin. Take a look at the Masterful Presentation-The Aha Approach to get more info. and tips how how to connect and send a powerful message.