Communication and Presentation Skills
Many people experience difficulties when they need to speak in front of an audience. They often find it confronting even when it’s in a small group and in their mother tongue, let alone in front of a lot of people, in a foreign language. Of course, feeling more than a bit nervous is completely normal, but from the moment I see people at networking events blocking in the middle of their pitch, my heart stops for a while and theirs probably too.
There are tons of signs that indicate whether you too experience too much stress during a presentation. Maybe you recognise one of the following things: trembling voice, tics, stuttering, forgetting what you wanted to say, losing intonation, or just blocking entirely – also known as a black-out, speaking too fast, losing your enthusiasm and spontaneous way.
What if you could take all the stress away? All of it!
There is not just one type of nervousness when it comes to presentations. As I’ve told all of my students so far, it’s mostly the fear of not being able to perform at your best that can block even the best. As long as the situation is stressful enough, anyone could block, just that the limit is higher for some than for others. Whether it’s fear of speaking in front of an audience or because the presentation is in another language, practically all of these problems are based on fear.
And then another thing! How about for those who aren’t nervous, get up there and do their thing to then suddenly realise that no one was really paying attention after all or at least it seemed that the public was not being as enthusiastic about the subject as they were. What if you are already giving it all you’ve got and you still can’t seem to get people excited about your subject?
Yet another common problem people encounter, especially in companies: These days it’s starting to get difficult to grab people’s attention. In the era of smartphones and overload of information, it’s easy to get distracted so they’re standing there in front of that audience and they notice that one part of the audience actually lacks sleep and are having difficulties to stay awake, the other part is typing away on their smartphone and then some are trying to pay attention and others really seem to be following completely. Strange, you made a powerpoint, you asked some questions to get the group going, you showed a video fragment and still it isn’t working out the way you thought it would.
What if you could interest more people than just one fourth of the group? What if you could stimulate real interaction and real understanding of your subject?
I guess you wouldn’t want to find out?