Presenting is as much a head game as a skill set. Once you get your head in the right place everything shifts. Here are three simple tips to help you shift your mindset and take your presentations to a new level!
1. It’s not about you! – To be honest, the whole ‘confidence’ thing is a bit of a myth. When we focus on being confident we make the presenting experience about us and how we feel. Challenge yourself to get out of your own head and really focus on your audience and giving them everything you can.
2. Mountain of knowledge – When you recognise that you’re standing on a mountain of knowledge, uniquely made up of your education, experiences, skills and even failures you begin to get a sense of the value you can bring to the audience. Someone in the room may have more experience or a higher education, but they will never have the unique blend of knowledge that you have. That’s why you’re there!
3. Get in their head – There is always something going on with an audience; take the time to get to know what’s happening in their lives and in their world. Start seeing your audience not as the scary judgmental folk you imagined waiting to tear you down, rather as genuine people, each facing their own challenges and battles and hoping beyond hope that something you’re going to deliver will help them improve.
If you’re ready to take your presenting to the next level check out my ‘Speaking with confidence’ course where we take a full day to learn both the skills and mindset of exceptional presenting.