Have you ever sat in an auditorium, hall, church, or theater and listened to the coughing, sniffling, shuffling of papers and overall restlessness of those in the audience during a rather dull presentation or speech? It happens and it happens when the speaker is not very dynamic. Too often, the person delivering a speech or presentation is frozen in one spot with an ashen complexion and a death grip on the lectern. If this scenario is typical of you, then rest assured your audience will do the moving for you!
Another thing you must remember if you want to figure out a way on how to overcome fear of presentation skill classes is that you don’t have to be perfect nor brilliant in order for him to succeed in doing so.
Try replacing your fear with a heightened sense of awareness. Look through eyes which are not placing judgments on situations or people, and simply observe. Practice this relaxed state of mind, and notice how your environment (and the people within it) becomes more supportive.
For instance, the module dealing with home ownership, mortgages, credit and debt brought me to the point where I was sufficiently informed and connected so that I was able to consolidate my mortgage and my debt in such a way that it resulted in a total financial restructuring at an interest rate 2% lower than what I was paying previously. I am now saving over 10 years in the repayment process as well as over $15,000 in interest payments.
A: People I coach in public speakings ask how they can build confidence. I say ‘you’re not going to like this, but the way to build confidence is to make a fool of yourself.’ People are too afraid of what other people think. I try to get across to students – when you worry less about what other people think, you can respond to what they do and say. Someone in class may appear to be really good at improv, but so are you. You just may not feel it because when you get up, you may be thinking ‘oh, am I doing this right?’ That doesn’t make you a bad improviser. It just means you’re carrying unnecessary emotional baggage, and that gets in the way of your work.
Body language is at least as important as the actual words you use in your presentation. Some experts claim that the way in which your words are delivered – your posture, stance, gestures and animation – does more to convey your meaning than any words that you actually say.
The best tip I can give you is to get an accountability partner for anything you want to accomplish. Unfortunately, commitments we make to ourselves are easy to break. We are more likely to meet a friend at the gym when we’ve said we be there than if we just decide we’re going to the gym after work.