The greatest thing I’ve got going for me is my ability to believe in other people’s talents. I am a feedback mirror because I hear and see people doing things they can’t hear or see themselves doing. Every great communicator needs that kind of feedback or they will not be stimulated to change or grow. Having confidence in yourself is important, but it helps to have someone who believes in you, too, whether it’s a spouse, a friend, a teacher, or even a coach. To be a great a presenter takes “Truth telling” which begins with courage and belief in yourself. So if you want to come across to your audience as authentic practice daily the actions listed in my “ten rules for presenting” they will speak volumes of who you really are and transform a speech into a transformation experience.
Dr. Mark’s 12 Rules for Creating and delivering Transformational Presentations Using InsideOut Formula:
1. Be clear and concise, confident and compelling about your goals for the presentation.Don’t present anything you won’t want to sit through yourself
2. Learn that “Connecting with Others” is more about you than the audience. Do you believe in what you are presenting? Are you comfortable in presenting ideas and information to others?
3. Believe in your self—Know your strengths and use them. This will allow you the freedom to overcome nervousness and self-doubts.
4. Know nothing will bother or interfere with your performance and your ability to stay on message and in the moment.
5. Radiate and Resonate. Love what you are doing and your audience.—Be confident responsive and respectful. Your radiance is coming from the pure, utter joy of feeling alive–of being connected to your message and the audience.
6. Speak with passion–be energized and excited that you get the privilege of presenting what you know that can help the audience members live a more fulfilling life.
7. Stay focused but flexible on audience interests, needs and engagement.
8. Be natural and authentic—Don’t try to hard to be someone you are not or say things you don’t believe.
9. Don’t worry about evaluations and results of the presentation. Stay in the moment observe, respond and focus on the process of conveying your message and connecting with the audience.
10. Seek feedback on how you are meeting expectations as you are presenting—use checkpoints
11. Close with a bang. Check for understanding. Wave the flag. Call for commitment, change and action
12. Idea for getting ready to speak– Use “relaxation and release” tools to start in a great state of mind and energy… be open to whatever arises, and be confident you can handle whatever comes-up.