Presentations are part of our daily lives, whether presenting an activity to your parents, presenting a project proposal to your client, presenting company outputs to the board of directors and others. In one way or another, these presentations must be delivered and prepared. This is where the skills on developing, preparing and delivery of these presentations are not inborn to an individual but must be learned through the years. It is in the development of one’s confidence and the capability to deliver a good presentation that will determine the success of the activity and the prospect of being invited again as a speaker.
Presentation skills are not just a one day affair or deal, it is a process of years of preparation and practice. It may take the form of oral presentation, power point presentation, educational or public speaking training sessions, lectures and a simple talk about a subject. Public speaking is a scary thing for some people and may often be worrying for most.
Some deem public speaking as their top fears and equals the fear of dying or flying. The first step to overcoming public speaking is to fully understand the cause of the fear, it may be an insecurity or anxiety, those who fear public speaking may be due to lack of confidence, lack of control to one’s emotions and possibly a bad experience from the past.
These fears are also amplified by the venue, the size of the crowd and the uncontrollable thought of being criticized, humiliated and embarrassed. The key factors to counter these feelings are to be prepared and to build confidence.
Experience plays a role in the development of confidence and if you do not start with a single presentation, you will never learn. Stressful situations can be managed by simple techniques such as deep breathing, calming your body, taking warm water or just voicing out your feelings to your companion. The judge of your presentation are the audience.
They are the final arbiter on how you delivered your speech, presentation or lecture. As a presenter, you must follow the maxim that no one can intimidate you without your permission, you are in control and the depth of conviction and enthusiasm is way better than the height of logic and knowledge.
Presentation training is also a factor when presenting so that you can capture the attention of your audience and make them expect for more. Research well your topic and rehearse your presentation over and over again until you become at ease and confident.