How do you feel when asked to give a presentation?
For many people the answer to this question is ‘nervous’ (or something more extreme and possibly less polite…). Some degree of anxiety about a public performance is very common and that applies to presentations to peers, clients and management too. Importantly, feeling nervous does not mean that you are a poor presenter or performer. Often quite the opposite. Adele1 is reported to suffer from serious stage fright and we are not hearing many complaints about her sell-out tour!
Much presentation advice centres on content. What will you say? How will you make sure it’s relevant? How will you predict questions? Valuable as those questions are, they don’t get to the heart of what makes it possible for us to stand up in front of a group of people and engage their interest. So let’s get to the heart of the matter - here are four ways to present like a pro.