Meet Jamie Breese, Celebrity TV-Presenter and founder of the largest Business Event in Bristol, UK
“The Business Showcase South West”
Believe it or not “glossophobia” – “a fear of public speaking” tops the lists of phobias in various surveys conducted around the world. Research consistently suggests that as many as 75% – equally split between men and women – suffer from the condition, but few attempts to change it. Here are my top 7 tips to tackle speaking and presenting in public.
1. Get Into The Zone
When you are nervous your body releases cortisone, the “flight or fight” stress hormone. To counter this stress, do something physical to release any stored tension held in body; especially the jaw, facial muscles, shoulders, neck, hamstrings and lower back. Think about meditation, exercise or stretching.
2. Avoid Self-Monitoring
The moment you start thinking about how you are coming across, you tend to disengage from your message and your audience. By mentally holding a thought and focusing on the intention of your message you won’t have enough mental space to drop into self-conscious thinking. It will also bring the right energy to your face and eyes. Keep focused on what you want to communicate to the audience. If you aren’t feeling it your audience won’t be either.
3. First Impressions Are Vital
It takes 7 seconds for people to come to an opinion on you, so you need to make sure you don’t blow it. ‘Apple’ spend a huge amount of time on image. Make sure you put some effort into yours.
4. Make Eye Contact With Your Audience
Break the ice, make a joke, tell a personal story about getting to the office today which has relevance to your theme. Aim to get a connection within the first 60 seconds.
5. Know Your Audience
Do you know a lot about them, what will speak to them, how to engage them? If not you need to do some research!
6. Use One Theme Per Slide
If you’re using slides, don’t try to cram too much content—too many ideas—on one slide. That goes for statistics, too. Avoid reading from the screen. Bullets are the least effective way of transmitting information on a slide.
7. Stick To The 10-Minute Rule
The 10-minute rule is a technique I recommend to every presenter: no matter how engaging you are, your audience will begin to tune out of your conversation after about 10 minutes.
presentation: slides, demos, videos, introducing another member of the team, telling a story. It helps with rhythm and pace and the ebb and flow keeps people engaged.
An anecdote break in the middle of your presentation will really help make your presentation more effective and memorable.
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