More tips for creating a more effective speech

April 18, 2011

It's important to remember that it's OK to make a mistake during a presentation. We're all human!

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of two articles about ways to effectively prepare for a public presentation.

We recently shared with you a few great tips for preparing for a public presentation. We told you that knowing your presentation through and through can help boost your confidence while easing your fear and anxiety. Preparation does not just include knowing what you are going to say, it also includes how and why you are going to present the information.

Here are a few more tips for easing the stress of public speaking:

Remember, anxiety is normal. Most people have some presentation anxiety. Remember that people who don’t feel some stress may appear to be taking their audience for granted. Replace negative thoughts that creep into your subconscious mind with positive affirmations from yourself and others.

Be human. Allow yourself to make mistakes. Do not try to be a perfect presenter. A brief pause to collect your thoughts may feel like eternity, but it’s not. Tell stories from your personal experiences. Conduct your presentations as if you are having a conversation with people rather than talking at them.

Ask for feedback. You will be surprised how much will be positive. Accept and internalize compliments you receive without minimizing them. Remind yourself about what went well rather than what didn’t. Focus on one or two key improvement areas for the next time. Not ten or twenty.

Prepare for future success. View each presentation you give as a development opportunity. Enjoy the experience. Use each presentation as an opportunity to enhance your confidence and skills for the next presentation.

This post is brought to you by the good folks at Dale Carnegie Training of Central Indiana, providers of professional development and management development courses and information in Indiana. We would love to connect with you on Facebook.

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