By Joy Bernardo
Thom wants to share his product with you: The Communicator. In truth you already have it, but most of you don’t know how to access it. Deep within you (behind all of those anxieties and fears), you’ll be able to find the courage and the strength to overcome all of your social and professional hang-ups. Let Thom help you find The Communicator in you.
You may want to talk to your significant other about something that is bothering you or you may need to give a presentation about the numbers from last quarter. You may need to meet with a client to convince him to stay with your company. No matter the reason, these tips will help you find The Communicator within you, so that you can effectively pass along your message or give a powerful presentation.
If you don’t know what you’re trying to say, then you’ll find yourself at a loss. It would be like wanting to do a presentation on “natural disasters” for your seventh grade science project. Sure, it’s a great topic, but there’s so much to cover. You won’t be able to give a good presentation in 15 minutes on that whole topic. Instead, narrow down your field so that you’re only focusing on one thing (or one thing at a time, depending on what you’re talking about).
If you’re in marketing, then you know that finding your niche market is important in order to focus your marketing techniques. You may want to venture out and test the waters in other areas but your main focus when you start should be on your niche market.
If you’re selling a new gaming console, you’ll want to focus your efforts on teens and college age students, not on businessmen and senior citizens. Sure you may get a group of senior citizens who love the game, “Get Off My Lawn!” but you’re not going to focus your sales approach on that particular market at first.
2. Write a Summary of What You Want to Say
Before you go out and make your presentation, speech, or talk with someone about an important topic, write down a quick summary of the things that you want to say. Then turn that summary into an outline.
If you’re making a speech or presentation, go over the outline in the beginning in order to help you remember your goals. You want to hit all of those bullet points. If you get stuck during your presentation or if you forget what you want to say, repeat your previous statements, and (if you need to) repeat the whole outline to yourself or out loud.
Practicing is important. Practice your speech at home. Practice it in front of the mirror. Watch your physical cues. Look at your facial expressions.
Practice it in front of your loved ones. Ask them for their input. A lot of people find that they get more nervous when they present their speech in front of their family (versus in front of strangers). So if you can present in front of your family, you may be even more comfortable in front of strangers.
4. Stand-Up Tall
Posture does a lot for your self-esteem. Not only that, people perceive you as more confident as well. As they say, “Fake it ‘til you make it!” So even if you’re scared out of your mind, pretend like you’re confident and stand-up straight. Soon, you won’t have to pretend. It’ll come naturally to you. One day you’ll find that you’re not afraid of presenting anymore.
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Now it’s your turn! What tips do you have for people who have stage fright or social anxiety? Share an experience that you’ve had when you weren’t able to effectively communicate your needs or message. What frightens you the most when you’re in front of a crowd? We’d love to hear from you! Share your experiences and thoughts in the comment section below.