So you’ve chosen to become an entrepreneur, that means whether you like it or not public speaking is now on your horizon. Here are some tips on how to better your presentation and how to approach any fears about getting into the spotlight.
Public Speaking Tips For Entrepreneurs
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Speak Very Slowly
If nerves tend to get the better of you in a speaking engagement, focus on taking your time. When you’re nervous your words speed up along with your heartbeat.
Your audience doesn’t want to see you struggle, focus on the quality of your dialogue and don’t be afraid to take a breath when needed. This will also give your peers a moment to think about what you’re saying.
Turn Nervousness Into A Positive
Does just the thought of public presenting give you a dry mouth and clammy hands? Getting anxious is only going to create more problems so learning how to transform this negative energy into a positive is very important.
Take some time to figure out what is actually making you nervous, accept it and try meditation techniques to help overcome these feelings. The power of positive thinking is truly amazing. If nothing else Practice, Practice, Practice!
Your listeners gave up their valuable time to come and see you! Thank them in return, they will appreciate it.
Use Material You Know
If you don’t want to fall flat on your face then stick to topics that you are knowledgeable in. You don’t have to try to fake it for anybody. Be real, be yourself and discuss information that you are passionate about. This will also help you from stumbling if there is ever a Q&A portion to your presentation. Tell stories and give insights on personal experiences. People enjoy listening to information they can relate to.
Focus On The Audience
Don’t focus on yourself! It is easy to worry about how you will sound or what you look like on stage but successful speakers actually focus on their audience.
Focus on making a connection with your crowd and find a way to make a memorable impact.
In our modern day world, attention is scarce. Getting it and keeping it is a huge accomplishment as a speaker. It is a smart idea to grab the audience straight away in your open. Ask them questions, tell a personal story or play a relatable video. The more you can engage your peers throughout your speech the more attention you will get.
Public speaking can be difficult but using these steps can help significantly in your growth as a presenter. Finding a mentor or coach to use as a sounding board and offer up feedback can be invaluable. If you need some help getting started ToastMasters is an excellent leadership resource.