Presenters’ Hacks Revealed!
Many times, when we look at speakers on the stage, have you ever think in your mind, wow! They are so good. They are so confident, so well-prepared and so charismatic. What presenters’ hacks do they have?
Today, I am going to share with you:
Top 5 Presenters’ Hacks
1. Forget What to Say. Most new trainers experience butterflies in the stomach when they come to their first few presentations. Because of that, they tend to speed up their presentation so that they can close the file and move away.
Our thoughts run faster than we speak. As a result, points got missed out. And when this happens, new presenters will have a gust of panic and lose it all. So, don’t panic if you missed the point. Your audience is not going to know at all.
Just maintain your calm and proceed to the next point. You can always come back to the point later by saying: “Oh yes, there is an important point that I have missed out earlier, let me bring you back to the slides.”
2. Looking Nervous. As a seasoned presenter, feeling nervous on each gig is inevitable, especially you are in a new environment with a group audience with unknown demographics. When this happens, your mind will start to build the worst scenario that you can think of, such as, “oh dear, so many people looking at me, what if I made mistakes…” or “Will they like the stuff that I present, what if they don’t?” etc. Feeling nervous is normal due to the hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Next time, if this happens, transform nervous to energy as if you are on a battlefield.
It is either lives or die. You might as well give a good fight and live.
3. Speaking Too Fast. Speaking too fast and rambling can be a post-effect of nervousness—your speech speed tally with your heartbeat. When your heart beats fast, your speech will go fast. And when you start to ramble, you start to confuse the audience. So, next time, when you are speaking too fast, slow down your breathing. This will slow down your heartbeat and thus slowing down your speech.
4. Audience Playing with Mobile Phones. Presenters have to keep their eyes on their audience constantly. Observe their body language. Most of the time, the body movement and hand gestures send you a message. Playing and meddling with the mobile phone is contagious.
If you start seeing some audience to that, you need to interject your presentation with some creative games or exercises or get them to talk about their experience. Audiences are more receptive to stories. So, start gathering stories that you can use to combat the audience’s boredom.
5 Unable to Answer Questions. When being prob questions that you can’t answer, feeling incompetence is the least thing that should happen. Although you are not able to answer them now, you can always answer them later by saying: “thank you very much for the great questions. It is definitely a good source for me to research on. Let me work on the details, and I will get back to you ____ (give a time frame that you are comfortable with)
If you are well-prepared for your event, anticipate and visualize the unexpected, you will be able to go through the ordeal.
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