Public speaking and the ability to present effectively in front of a group of people is a means. I give up calling it a skill, because the skill seems to be more limited, and the craft can always be refined.
Some people may think that anyone can stand up in front of a room full of people and attendance. I will refute that someone can take action, sing or play an instrument? Like other forms of expression, if you want to be very good, if you want to be confident rather than nervous, then you need to practice.
Many people are afraid of public speaking. This article is not why people are so afraid to speak. The focus of this article is to argue that public speaking and speaking are not necessarily scary. If you take advantage of the opportunity to show, you will definitely get better. People will notice that if you perform well, it is also an important weapon in your professional arsenal.
Use the following steps as a rough starting point, but never underestimate the importance of as many exercises as possible.
Whether you are talking to 10 or 300 people, there is almost always interference or distraction. A group of people laughed behind, a colleague who couldn't stop asking questions, an annoying sneeze, a phone ringing, and so on.
Keep calm and don't apologize for having to stop.
If you are cool, everyone else will be cool.
You may find that since you started working there, your company's work horse projector decided to call it a career when you entered slide 3.
This is not a disaster.
All of this means that now your audience really needs to pay close attention to what you have to say, this is a good thing! Also, it doesn't matter if your slides are projected behind you because you know…
"I will take it off."
"When I get there, I will understand."
Although almost anyone can get up and read the expected slides, it doesn't mean it's a good presentation. You can browse all the materials, but the audience will know that you are not prepared. There is a clear distinction between polishing, rehearsal demonstrations and "cuffs" completion.
Whether or not they have to be there or want to be there, your audience will get their attention. Show them respect for the prepared presentation.
Rehearse your presentation 5-7 times and use the timer to see how long it takes you [it's usually longer than you think]. Rehearse your laptop so you can coordinate the slides based on your conversation points.
2A. Really know the material, don't remember
You will be interrupted. If the material becomes ingrained, you can receive it from where it left off without any problems. If you need to communicate with specific data, write it on the index card. Give yourself a break. Do not put pressure on one or two data points.
3. Create a simple visual slideshow
Most of the information and storytelling needs to come from you. Make slides a key point, a guide to graphics and visual effects. Also, use the animation feature to slowly build your slides. This way, you can manage the amount of information your audience sees at any time and let them focus on you instead of the new data slides. Once you start speaking…
4. View slide slides only when absolutely necessary
The audience does not need to see your head. If your slides are visual and concise, just tell people where to look for or point to the general direction of the focus. Although laser pointers/cat toys do exist, no one on earth has a stable hand, and red light is usually more disturbing than useful.
An easy way to get to know that the slides you use are for the notebook with the projection presentation facing you so that you can easily see what others are seeing [no need to turn around].
5. Breathe and relax
Most people know that standing in front of the room and showing the need for guts. People want you to succeed, especially if you want to show it to your colleagues. The audience is waiting for you there. You are ready. Provide the content of your practice.
In addition, keep hand/arm gestures to a minimum. This is a waste of energy and does not add much value.
6. Look at everyone and make eye contact
What I learned after many expressions is that even if you look sad when you speak, people will listen to what you said. You need to believe that if you provide a confident, thoughtful presentation, then you will get their attention.
When looking around the room, find someone who nods slightly when you speak. If you feel you need some quick guarantees, find them and return them to them during the presentation.
Unless you make a disappointing message… smile. You will feel better and you will find that at least some of the audience will smile. It's a bit strange, but it happens every time. This also helps you to relax [#5].
Silence is your friend, speech is not messy
You don't need to fill your own time with meaningless words, phrases, "hmm", "hey" or "you know". If you stop to get ideas or ideas into it [or just to collect your own ideas], the audience won't become impatient. It may be a long time for you, but this is only a literal number of seconds. It is good for you, especially when trying to highlight key points or topics. This leads to …
9. Repeat a little
Repeat a bit.
This is especially true for longer presentations. The audience will be partitioned from time to time. This is inevitable. If there are a few points you absolutely have to do, please say twice… there is a pause in the middle. Suspension will also free the audience from their potential daydreams and bring them back to you. Then you can provide a more effective whisper.
10. End strong
Provide the last 2 or 3 sentences that should be slowly and clearly integrated throughout the presentation. You can even close the slide so people can look at you and give you the full attention. When you're done, pause, smile, and say thank you.
11. Inviting questions [if applicable]
12. Get feedback
Later, ask the thoughts of anyone in the audience. As I said, presentation is a craft that can be refined at any time. In fact, it would be better if there was a way to record your performance. It’s as embarrassing and scary as looking at yourself, it will only help you improve.
13. Don't give up
Are you stumbling or groping in one part? Have you dragged one or two parts for too long?
This is for a reason. Learn from it and make improvements next time. It's that simple.
These steps are based on my observations over the past few years and can be used as a general guide.
Take advantage of opportunities to show the team because they may not appear often. My guess is that you don't have to fight too much competition.
Keep in mind that during your show, you can't fully control or manage it, and virtually nothing can happen… so stay tuned!
You can even start enjoying it.
pause and smile
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