Public speaking, whether for a presentation or speech, has always been an area of dread for me. As with most things in life, the more you have to do it the less intimidating it becomes, but even Oscar winners will admit to stage fright.
One tip I learnt from a course when I was younger was to video or record myself practicing. This gives you an inordinate amount of insight into how you sound and look to others. I remember being completely surprised that I was so quiet and even-voiced. No wonder people would doze off as I spoke!
This articulate guide shared by kind permission of Glenn Hickling on Creative Boom will help you get in the zone for any interview or presentation you want to ace….
The Alternative Guide to Public Speaking: From cowardly to courageous in 10 simple steps
For three years I was the compere at a charity comedy and live music night: doing links between the bands, warming up the crowd for pro-circuit comedians… I’d be nervous for a full week before the gig, right up to strutting onstage and grabbing the mic.
I’ve felt the high of 80 people in uproarious laughter, and also seen my material crash and burn to stonewall silence – in comedians’ parlance, I ‘died on my arse’ – but guess what, Glenn, you’re straight back onstage to do another five minutes after the break… that’s when I’d really feel the fear, quaking in a toilet cubicle, wishing there was someone else to do it for me…
This guide should help you avoid that dreadful moment, empowering you to get the best of your nerves, filling you with the swagger you need to make your presentation a glowing success… (I’ve spent big chunks of my day job attending marketing conferences btw, so I’ve witnessed and critiqued literally hundreds of presentations).
Read more of Glenn’s article on Creative Boom here.