One of the biggest reasons professional seek out presentation skills training is to overcome their anxiety and fear of speaking in public. Regardless of age, position or even experience it’s suggested that at least 75% of people suffer the debilitating affliction making it one of the most common phobias in the world.
Given that very few of us can avoid being called on to present formally at work it represents a major cause of stress, anxiety and can have adverse effects on our health.
At Mindful Presenter we know there is a great deal that you can do to reduce that fear to help you to speak in a way that is calm and compelling.
- Focus on your Audience not yourself – put your entire focus on how you can help your audience and make a difference to them not on how well you will perform.
- Meditate – It’s not surprising so many speakers get so anxious with all of those thoughts racing in their mind; many of which are negative. Meditate for 10 minutes each day and notice the difference.
- Get organised – Taking the time to really organise your thoughts, materials and the structure of your presentation will help you to become much more relaxed and calm.
- Rehearse – Nothing can replace the value of practicing and rehearsing your speech. Don’t try to remember it word for word simply get to know your content inside and out.
- Focus on your strengths first – It’s human nature to focus on our weaknesses and an extremely easy thing to do. Avoid the temptation, get some feedback on what works well for you and remember to use and amplify that strength.
- Breathe – It is physically impossible to be anxious and calm at the same time. When you focus on your breathing you will automatically feel more relaxed. Breathe calmly and focus on your inhale and exhale.
- Get moving – Get your blood circulating by stretching or doing some light exercise before you speak to send oxygen to your brain and relax you.
- Slow down – Focus on delivering one sentence at a time and find a pace and rhythm that feels good for you and helps you to stay calm and in control. Give yourself and your audience the gift of pausing every now and then.
- Be in the room – One of the greatest causes of presentation anxiety is because the speaker isn’t really ‘present’ in the room with their audience; they are in their ‘heads’. Practice being present, being still, losing the judgments and assumptions and just be in the room.
- Remember – Many of the things we do in life cause some level of anxiety until we become familiar with it. Remember when you were a child and thought you’d never ride that bike. Call on all of those memories where you have done and achieved so much and remember how good you really are and how it feels.