It’s Joy again! Today I want to talk to you about presenting and speaking in public. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the strongest speaker. Thom has a presence in his voice that my “regular” voice often lacks. My voice is naturally soft-spoken. When I get nervous, I talk too fast. I have a tendency of skipping over important points as well. When I met Thom, I had already accepted the fact that I was just going to be a weak presenter for the rest of my life. However, in speaking with and learning from Thom, I’ve learned that there is a powerful presenter in everyone. You just need to find your inner “Communicator” and perfect him or her.
He has aptly named my inner communicator “Joy Wonderful” and I have to say… I’ve totally fallen in love with her. She is my alter ego. She is my powerful presenter. Together, “Joy Wonderful” and I have learned how to utilize “our” strengths and work on “our” weaknesses. Here are some tips that I’ve picked up from Thom and from my own research on perfecting my own personal presentation personality.
#1) Practice, Practice
I used to play the piano when I was a kid. When I say “I used to play the piano” I mean that I was forced to practice at least an hour every day. I didn’t see the point in practicing. I knew most of what to do and I figure that I could just wing it when I got on the stage. Let me tell you, there is a time and a place for improvisation and sitting in front of my piano teacher, family, and strangers in monkey suits while I played in an auditorium when I was six… is not one of those times.
I learned at a young age, the importance of practicing what you have to perform. Practicing piano was a bit different than speaking though. I didn’t have to worry about how strong my voice was – I just had to hit the keys. Practice is even more important when you have to speak. There are so many variables involved.
#2) Don’t Memorize
I know, you’re not supposed to read (verbatim) your presentation either. However, if you’re relying only on your memorization of your speech, there’s too much of a chance that you’ll forget something important. Believe me, I know. Firsthand experience.
It’s way too easy to forget things when you’re standing in front of a huge crowd. Instead, learn the concepts that you’re trying to convey and practice your phrasing. If you must memorize something, memorize key words not your whole speech.
#3) Reward Yourself
Reward yourself after you’re done. Make it something that you’ll really look forward to. Have a massage. Treat yourself to a cup of coffee and a piece of decadent chocolate cake or have a piece of tiramisu and a caramel macchiato. Before you get up on stage or stand in front of that crowd, picture the cake and know that if you do a fantastic job, you can give yourself the green light to get extra whip cream on your mocha.
While the tiramisu and caramel macchiato is a weakness for me, I suggest not rewarding yourself with food (especially if you have to present all of the time). I like to reward myself with hobby trinkets, books, or fancy office equipment. Better yet, reward yourself with a small token that you can place in your pocket or take with you for your next presentation. It will help remind you that you’re a fantastic presenter. You just need to believe in yourself.
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