Presentation skills – nature or nurture?

Screen Shot 2013-06-18 at 06.20.06Contrary to popular belief, people are simply not born with amazing presentation skills innately persuasive and captivating from birth. While it true that there are some who love the limelight, are not fazed by the attention presenting brings, that does not automatically mean that they are excellent presenters. And having expertise, knowledge and a brain like a small planet doesn’t always mean that you have the skill to share that with others.

Presentation Skills can be learned.  There are processes that can be followed.  Practice means that people get better the more they do presentations (provided they reflect and learn from each experience).

I was talking with a client the other day and asked him why he wanted to start speaking in public now after a lifetime of suffering from the fear of presentations.  His answer was powerful.  ‘Because’, he said, ‘it is important that I get my message across now’.  In other words, when the message is bigger than the fear, then we can find the resources and the motivation to learn the skills to form, shape and deliver that message clearly and with conviction. What is your message?  What is so important to get out there that overcomes any discomfort or ‘twitchiness’ about taking to the stage?

Here are four ‘Thoughts for the Day’ about giving nature a helping hand…

    1. Get started

Even the best presenter in the world had to start somewhere. So many people sit on the sidelines wishing they could speak in public, knowing that they need to but being so afraid that they never stand up and get started in the first place. The first step is all you need to take.

    1. Imperfect Action

Accept that it won’t be perfect to start with. If we wait until it is all perfect, then we will never get started at all. As a wise person said, ‘imperfect action is better than no action at all’

    1. Learn

Reflect and learn from each experience.  That means what you do well – as well as things you need to do better next time. It is too easy to focus on what went wrong, what one person said, how you felt on the inside. What did you do well, what could you do more of and what do you need to start doing?

    1. State

Get in the right state for presenting. People want you to succeed. They would much rather it was you than them. AND if you have done your homework, they need to hear what you have to say. So go for it!

If you would like any help with your presentations or you would like to know how to get started, then call on 07946604859 or email on Catherine@catherinesandland.com

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