Speaking Confidently for Presentations
This article is from guest blogger
Jimmy Jones, Marketing and Event Management
From a marketing perspective, having an event that you can use to promote a business, product or service is a very smart move.
This way you can get people feeling involved with your business, you can generate excitement using showmanship, and you can ensure that everyone is in a good mood and feeling receptive when you break the news (free food and drink can have this effect).
Often the most important part of this will be giving a presentation where you will announce your product or service, and you will probably also be required to speak in various other capacities too – as you welcome everyone to the event and as talk generally as the host.
This is a problem then if you struggle to speak in front of crowds and if you are nervous to stand up in front of an audience.
Rather than letting this stifle your ability to promote your business however, you should rather work at improving your ability to give talks and presentations and there are several ways you can do this.
Here I’ll give some pointers to get you started.
A classic mistake in these situations is for people to speak too quickly.
You feel nervous and so it’s natural that you try to get it over with and that you babble.
However all this will accomplish is to make you seem very nervous and to prevent you from getting your point across in an effective manner.
Even if you think that you are being too slow then remember that your perception is a little sped up due to all the adrenaline and you’re probably still speaking much more quickly than you realise.So what you should be doing instead is taking a conscious effort to speak slowly and to take long pauses in between what you say.
When you talk slowly you build anticipation for what you’re about to say and you come across as highly confident and relaxed.
Plus this helps to build anticipation and excitement if you’re making some kind of announcement.
Keep Your Head Up
Another mistake people make when they’re nervous is to bow their heads and mumble into their chests.
Obviously this isn’t going to be a good way to sound confident or to get people interested and it will of course have rather the opposite effect.
More to the point though, keeping your head down is going to close off your trachea and make it more difficult to project your voice.
Instead then you should keep your head up slightly, perhaps moreso than usual, and this will help you to project your voice further so that the people right at the very back can hear okay.
You should also work on your stance and inflate your chest to help your voice go further.
Even when they are not nervous, some people look down while they speak for another reason – to address a script or cue cards.
This again though will have the opposite effect to the desired one and will make your talk come across as stilted and unnatural.
If you need a reminder then cue cards or a slideshow should be used as a ‘trigger’ for the things you wanted to talk about rather than a precise transcript of what you are going to say.
And while your head up finally of course remember to involve the audience by making eye contact and by paying attention to the whole room.
If you notice anyone who isn’t as engaged as they could be, then by addressing them directly for a bit you can get them involved once again.
About Our Guest Blogger
Jimmy Jones, Marketing and Event Management
Jimmy Jones is a guest blogger who specializes in marketing and event management. The author recommends visiting thelondonclub.com.au for information on organizing corporate events and catering.
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