Presenting is more scary than dying

Begin with the end in Mind
(Stephen R Covey – Habit 2; The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People)

Last week I facilitated a workshop with six ambitious and inspiring women who wanted to be able to give great presentations…and enjoy it!

In collaboration with shementors, we created a space for people to learn and explore how to become better at, and more comfortable with, presenting.

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Whether it’s giving a presentation to 80 people at the Shopify Meetup in Tokyo, running a series of well-being workshops at Miss Fox, selling yourself at interview or telling your story to young entrepreneurs; there are a few guiding principles that you can apply to really make an impact.

 

Research studies generally indicate that in presentations you have between 4 – 7 seconds in which to make a positive impact

The group played around with the ingredients needed to create a good opening impression with any audience:

  • Facial expressions
  • Posture
  • Appearance
  • Gestures
  • Use of space and movement
  • Voice and verbal cues
  • Words and language

 

Along with some psychology and theory thrown in, such as why remembering someone’s name is so important and how to do it, the day was broken into four key parts:

  1. Creating strong impressions through body language, voice and appearance
  2. Understanding who you’re communicating to and how they think
  3. 7-step framework for preparing to tell your story
  4. The basic structure of any good presentation and why powerpoint is evil

Presenting or speaking to an audience regularly tops the list in surveys of people’s top fears – more than heights, flying or dying

We finished the day discussing the Cannon Theory of Fight, flight and freeze, what happens to our bodies when this physiological reaction occurs, and how to overcome nerves. Getting into the right state of mind through intention setting to enhance performance really caught everyone’s attention.

 

Like all of my workshops, it was an interactive session where everyone left with their own action plan, ready to go and make a difference in the world.

Contact me if you’d like to discuss my approach and arrange your own workshop.