There are some people who get really nervous before making a presentation. Don’t worry, this is quite common. To help get over those nerves you could try some breathing exercise, which should relax you and put yourself in a better frame of mind. Here is one that I have tried.
Place your hands on your ribs and take a deep breath and count aloud on that one breath. Repeat several times, trying to increase the number you are able to count without straining and extend your voice to the far corners of the room
I recently hosted a ‘Poetry & Prose’ meeting at Thanet Speakers Club. This was a bit of a challenge because I don’t really have the greatest appreciation for poetry…I just haven’t been brought up with it. Despite my reservations, I found the whole evening interesting, entertaining and worthwhile. Most importantly I picked up some amazing tips to improve my presentational skills which I share with you now.
Listening to some of our orators, I noticed that they used the pace of their poetry to good effect in their performance…poetry was definitely used for dramatic fashion. My fellow club members were [...]
This can be quite distressing for a presenter and could be down to a couple of things. Obviously, your audience could be bored so you need to check your materials and get someone to give you feedback on your delivery.
In most cases though, it may be that your audience may have not had sufficient breaks or that your presentation may be at the end of the day.
What you can do, if you see people popping off, is to engage them by asking questions. You could also get the audience on their feet and get them doing some exercises. [...]
Take time to adjust the lectern to an appropriate height so your notes are easy to read without the lectern obscuring your face or gestures. If you need to read your notes the best position for the lectern is directly in front of the speaker [...]
What you wear is as important as any other aspect of your presentation. Always choose something appropriate for your audience, which means you don’t necessarily have to wear a tie and suit. However if you are doing a formal business presentation it will be a prerequisite to look smart. [...]
I recently found out what the top ten fears that most people fear were and surprisingly public speaking comes out a the top…even beating the fear of death! [...]
Gestures are a great way of adding extra emphasis to a point in a speech. When you’re passionate about a subject, gestures can non-verbally convey the purpose and intent behind your words. Many speakers seem to think using gestures is a matter of waving your hands in front of an audience. Some speakers have incredibly bad habits such as fidgeting nervously without realizing that they are doing it. If you have a habit of doing either of these, try practicing your presentation and attempt to iron out these bad habits. [...]
Start at the end. Know your key message, know how you want your audience to think and feel when you have finished speaking. Work backwards from there, always checking that everything you say will take you to that end point. [...]
Remember the power of the smile – when you smile your voice smiles! It is also incredibly infectious to the audience. [...]
Firstly take time at the beginning, you are the one people have come to see so don’t rush yourself. To combat your nerves breathe deeply…there is no point in getting into a tizzy…it will only affect your performance. [...]