Outstanding Presentations Start in the Mind: Five Secrets for Overcoming Public Speaking Anxiety

Public speaking presents such a challenge for many people. In the Book of Lists, public speaking anxiety and making a presentation constitute the number one fear; the fear of dying is number two. Like the old saying goes, “People would rather be in the grave than make a presentation.” You see people sweat, shake, and quiver while they are speaking. Sometimes, employees bypass promotions, and business owners bypass business opportunities rather than give a presentation. I saw a manager who was on the corporate fast track quickly become derailed because she couldn’t complete her presentation in front of senior management.

So what do great speakers do to prepare themselves to be great presenters? They prepare their minds to give a great presentation. That’s right; it all starts in your mind. How can you develop a great speaker’s mindset and start giving outstanding presentations? The following are five secrets for powerful public speaking:

1. Believe It So That You Can Achieve It

I am approached by people who say, “I can’t speak in public,” “I am a bad speaker,” or “I could never speak in public.” Without hearing them speak, I say, “You’re right.” Because once you make those negative statements, they become self-fulfilling prophesies. When you say, “I am a bad speaker,” your subconscious mind is thinking, “Well, he or she said it, so it must be true; so I will act like a bad speaker.” Positive speaking attitude (PSA) is one of the first things I work on during my presentation coachings. Replace the negative speaking attitude with a PSA to master your self talk and improve your presentation skills. Instead of saying, “I am a bad speaker,” say the following:

* “I am improving my public speaking abilities everyday in everyway.”

* “Every opportunity to make a presentation is an opportunity for success.”

* “I am a good public speaker today; and, with continued practice, I will be a better public speaker tomorrow.”

* “I am mastering my presentation skills everyday!”

When you make these positive affirmations, your subconscious mind hears it and says, “Yeah, I am improving,” or “Let me speak because it is an opportunity for success,” or “I am mastering my speaking skills.”

Manage your self talk for a PSA. You will feel a new confident attitude concerning public speaking.

2. Think About What You Want to Accomplish

I will ask the question, “What do you want to accomplish with your presentation?” Many times I will be on the receiving end of a blank stare or the student might say, “I just want them to listen to me.”

Take time to think about what you want to accomplish by giving your presentation. Is it that you want to entertain the audience, do you want to persuade them on an important issue, or maybe you want the audience to take action after hearing your presentation. Going into your presentation knowing what you want to accomplish creates focus and is a big confidence builder.

3. Visualize Success

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak at an association conference with over five thousand people in the audience. Joy, my wife, was sitting in the audience with our friend Jim who came to hear me speak for the first time. As I was about to speak, Jim leaned over and asked Joy if I was nervous speaking in front of such a large group of people. Without blinking an eye, Joy said, “He was born for this day. He saw this day coming when he first started speaking.”

I visualized that day long before it happened. Whenever I give a presentation, I take time to visualize a successful presentation and positive outcome. The more details I include in my visualizations, the more vivid and real it becomes for me. The night before the presentation I will find a quiet place at home or, if I am on the road, a hotel room, and meditate to start the visualization process. I will visualize my drive to the event, greeting the host and audience, and how my powerful presentation will sound and look on that day. I will also visualize the audience’s positive response to the presentation.

Take time to visualize the details of giving a great presentation. Like the old saying goes, “Fake it ‘til you make it.” If you visualize you are a great speaker, you will take the steps and create opportunities for yourself to become a great speaker.

Visualize that the audience wants to hear your message and they want you to do well. Remember, it’s their time also and they want to receive value out of your speech.

4. Own the Room

Whenever I speak, I “own the room.” I mentally tell myself that for the next thirty minutes, hour, etc., I own the room. The corporation, association, or government may own the building or venue I am speaking in, but during the time I am speaking, I am the owner of the room and the audience will be my guests, my friends. That way I am always in control to give an outstanding presentation.

Think of your speaking area as your house, your home, your castle. When you invite friends into your home, aren’t you in control and want to provide a safe, entertaining environment for your guests? The same is true for your speaking audience; you want to provide a safe, entertaining, and enriching experience for them.

I always say, “Giving presentations is not about me, it’s about you (the audience).” What I mean is that if I am constantly thinking about how I sound, look, and feel while I speak, I am not thinking about what I can share with my audience. Concentrate on the value you will give to your audience members and you will never go wrong.

5. Eat the Elephant

Many times I hear the following:

“I could never speak in front of a group of people, but one-on-one I am fine.”

Well, I ask, “How do you eat the elephant?” Break the elephant into smaller pieces. It is the same when you “digest” the audience. Don’t think of the audience as a whole, think of the audience as individuals ready to hear your message. Concentrate on thinking of your audience as individuals, and your message will come across that way to the individual audience members.

Follow these five secrets for creating a positive mindset for confident public speaking. Overcoming your public speaking anxiety will improve your presentation skills and create new opportunities for you through public speaking.

Promotional Calculators – Presentation Matters

We have all been told not to judge a book by its cover. But then again, the fact remains that we are always attracted first, by what we see on the outside. And mind you, first impressions last. Even the most ordinary gift that is presented to the public in the most extraordinary way would command better recall than the other way around.

Almost every other company gives away corporate gifts. Calculators are among the top picks, it is therefore important to create a specific identity for your items for a more memorable corporate advertising strategy.

The success of any advertising campaign depends largely on the scheme employed for the entire promotional endeavour. It has to be market-specific and product-oriented for the best possible results, which is increased in sales.

Small and slim types may be inserted in the products being promoted as an instant freebie for the buyer. Those with keyrings may be wrapped in colourful plastic and dropped into a cereal box or a bag of chocolates. A carton of paper clips and a pack of chalk are also wise choices.

Hip and trendy units may simply be tied with a ribbon or bow and distributed on the celebration of a special occasion. If it is a Christmas giveaway, marketing staffs could be positioned on a corner of the shopping mall where customers could sign up on a logbook and then handed the beautiful calculators.

Large models intended for executives and other ranking personalities of a company or business establishment would be well appreciated in specially designed boxes. The packaging itself should exude the same elegance and authority commanded by the merchandise.

For the rest of the calculator models and for the rest of the consumer groups, beautifully designed bags would always do the trick. Aside from their useability, pouches and totes are also versatile. It can be adapted to match every gift for distribution on any occasion. Moreover, a bag can provide ample space for all advertising printing needs.

Presentation really does matter a lot. It defines perception and impressions. Needless to say, in advertising, everything is about impressing the public about a certain brand and product.

Lottie Carrot works in the promotional products industry for Argon Promotions, the leading company in terms of innovative business gift ideas. Lottie works closely with businesses to help market their products and services by providing information and help in the selection of suitable promotional products for their advertising campaigns.

How to Present a Good Report

When putting together a report, either for school or for work, presentation is half the battle. Sure, your content (duly worked on by a grammar checking software) will make up the meat. But if you don’t lay it out properly, your audience won’t be able to digest it the way you want them to.

Here are several things you should do to ensure you come out positively on that end:

Use plenty of white space. Most reports, with their numbers and technical details, are difficult to read. White space will help your readers work through it easier.

Have clear separation among different parts. Nothing muddles up a report quicker than an uncertain delineation between sections. Make sure the reader can make out different parts quickly, either by creative lay-outing or through the use of subheadings.

Use bullets, numbers and letters to articulate individual items. This should be self-explanatory to anyone who has worked to write clearly.

Use tables and diagrams. With clear labels and descriptive figures, you can say the same things without fussing about with too many words. But most of the time, this works out considerably better than piling on the text.

Number your pages. Too many people forget this crucial aspect of report presentation. Essays and similar work can get away without page numbers. Reports simply can’t.

Use formal language. Get your comprehensive writing software to help you arrange the final version so that it uses formal language. Refer to similar reports in order to ensure you follow usual standards.