We all know that nerves are part and parcel of life. We can get nervous wondering if we’ll catch our train on time, we get nervous before exams, and we certainly get nervous before meeting our partner’s parents for the first time.
So, nerves are here to stay, but it’s how we deal with them that can make the difference between the good, the bad and the ugly speech or presentation.
In part 1 of our public speaking blogs, we looked at preparation. Here, in part 2, we look at what to do during a speech, presentation, meeting, or public speaking event to ensure nerves don’t get the better of you. And we also give you tips and techniques to make sure your delivery is spot on and chimes with your audience.
We’ve said in previous blogs that being good at public speaking is an art everybody should strive to have, whether or not they are called on to deliver presentations.
Every one of us has to speak up at work: in meetings, with colleagues, with managers or to those we manage. So, getting our point across effectively is important.
Five things you should do during a presentation:
A word from our founder and MD, Chris Dawes: “One tip I give all clients is not to be too narcissistic. The presentation isn’t about us, it’s about our audience - what we want to tell them and what we want them to learn or take away. If you can think more about them and less about yourself, that will go a long way towards helping you deliver a really good presentation, and you suddenly realise that you haven’t had time to think about your own apprehension.”
In our next blog, we will look at what happens after the event and how to learn and improve.
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