Being prepared to speak is about more than simply the words you’re going to say. You need to be mentally, physically and emotionally fit to make a positive first impression. There aren’t any do-overs in a presentation.
Develop Mental Toughness
It’s important to take care of yourself at every level. Being fit includes building mental toughness. You’ll be more alert by getting enough sleep the night before your presentation. Mental fitness also means being totally conversant about your topic and up to date on new developments in your industry. …Read more…
The popular concept “fake it till you make it” dates to Aristotle who famously proclaimed that acting virtuous will make you virtuous.
But Harvard social psychologist Amy Cuddy has a new take on this old expression: “Fake it Till You Become it.”
In her TED presentation, “How Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are,” Cuddy gives examples from her research that faking it actually works. As she says, “…when you pretend to be powerful, you are also more likely to feel powerful.” …Read more…
Yes, you read that right. Some individuals have such bad stage fright that they are resistant to coaching.
This post is not meant as a prescriptive that everyone take “something” to calm their nerves. Most people, with presentation or media training, can overcome their anxieties. They are content experts, but not experts at presenting themselves.
Drugs or Not?
Then there are the speakers who are content experts and understand the rules of making a presentation and answering the media’s questions. …Read more…
The first presentation by me I’ll always remember. You would never use the passive tense to say, “I’ll always remember my first presentation.” Would you?
Yet speakers too often use passive tenses in their presentations. As Strunk and White state in their classic The Elements of Style: “Avoid tame, colorless, hesitating, noncommittal language.”
This gem of a book has guided writers for more than 50 years. In 2011, Time Magazine listed it among The Best 100 Non-Fiction Books ever written. We urge everyone who values simple writing to read it. …Read more…