Public Speaking: Eazy peezy or Piss my Pants?
I definitely pissed my pants the first time I had to do a presentation in front of a group of people, well not literally but close. It was a class presentation! We've all been there before. Whether it's being pressured to recite bible verses in front of the entire church or having to present your work in front of the entire class, with your final grade for the semester dangling on that one presentation *sigh*. Those were the moments I wished I could just click my heels 3 times like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz and disappear lol.
Fact?! Being a good public speaker can help you progress in your career, grow your business and create strong effective partnerships! So it's a necessary skill required to thrive in today's society!
I'm a full time actress, tv host and entrepreneur, so public speaking is now a major part of my life; from impromptu interviews, to pitching, to presentations and hosting !
Below are 5 tips that can make a difference in your next presentation!
1. First things first! This is the most important tip, not just for public speaking but for everything else in life! Block out that voice of rejection and negativity! Your mind controls your body, so if you go into the presentation already feeling defeated, you will look defeated and you're going to cause an even bigger disaster! This one is not your "village people" that set you up o, you set yourself up for that failure! Go in with the attitude to win, and WIN
2. Practice, Practice, Practice. It's okay to be nervous. It's a normal human emotion, there's absolutely nothing wrong with you. However the best way to counter fear is to be prepared!
3. Practice your speech in front of someone else. Ask them for their feedback. This will also help you get used to eyeballs staring at you during your presentation!
4. Know your Audience. know who you're presenting to. Who is in the audience? The way you speak to your friends or colleagues is not the same way you'll speak to your elders in the village! lol Be wise!
Also it will be helpful to know the setup of the space you'll be using. (will expand on this topic on different post.)
5. Loosen Up! Don't take yourself too seriously. Relax. Energy is contagious and humor is great!
One key thing to keep in mind is that Public speaking doesn’t come naturally to ANYONE! Those that are really good at it worked hard to cultivate that skill! It gets easier eventually, but it requires a lot of time and practice!
I've learnt a lot of helpful tips along the way to make it easier for you, join my mailing list if you would like me to share more with you!