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A powerful presenter is PRESENT

Being present is much more than just showing up to deliver.

A powerful presenter stands in their power. They recognise and value the gift they have for others.

According to Dr Amy Cuddy in her research on Presence she stated that ‘Presence is the state in which we stop worrying about the impression we’re making on others and adjust the impression we’ve been making on ourselves’. When we are truly present, we liberate ourselves from fear and we stand up and perform at our very best.

Only in this state can we really connect with our audience, we can then empower them to do the same.

And that is what a presenter or a trainer aims to do. Empower others to be the best they can be. If you want to be a powerful presenter, you need to be completely present when you stand in front of your audience ready to share every time. You need to be in your own authentic power, truly believing that your message, your story and your content is a gift for your participant or audience.

Stand in your power

Being present also means not being distracted by outside influences, not being distracted by self-doubt and not being distracted by other people’s demands. You can be flexible to meet the needs of your audience and clients but not be distracted away from the outcomes you need to achieve in this moment, this training or this presentation.

So how do you prepare to show up being 100% present?

Research has proven that our body can shape our mind and our mind can shape our behaviour. So, you can prepare and be present with your body as well as your mind. When you are feeling anxious or challenged, you react and can experience a fight, flight or even freeze moment.

By merely slowing your breathing down or visualising a positive experience free from threat, can change what your nervous system is doing.

By standing tall with your head up and smiling at the people around you can change the way your brain is reacting to an anxious situation. Therefore, if you walk into a training room or onto a platform smiling, with strong strides and your head up, your body will shape your brain into believing you are a self-assured, confident expert. You’ve probably heard the expression fake it until you make it well how about fake it until you become it. Dr Cuddy’s research about Power Posing, although has been criticised and challenged in recent years, suggests that just by standing in your power, it is optimising the brain to being 100% present. I’m a convert. I love to work with evidence-based theories, and I have witnessed this approach work for so many of my nervous clients.

Your brain is also wired to predict the future. When you are feeling confident and positive about the experience you are having, it can shape how you move forward into the next experience. Allow your brain to predict a positive presenting experience even before it has happened.

Only when you are completely present can you be of service to your audience. In my first book Speaking in the Shower, I suggested you rehearse in the shower. Many of us are confident singing rock stars in the shower, we are not nervous or apprehensive. When no-one is watching we feel totally comfortable to be ourselves, to be completely Present. We now need to capture that same authentic superstar from the shower, the one that is larger than life, confident and brave and transport them into the next presenting situation. Of course, do get dressed first.

When you are training or presenting you need to bring your boldest, your bravest, your best self to the classroom or platform. You need to be Present. Step into the shoes of your audience members for just a moment; believe they are there to graciously accept your gift. Your experience, your stories, your message is your gift. Give it wholeheartedly.

Are you ready to give it a try?

Find a mirror, stand up, stand tall, hands on hips and hold it for 30 seconds, say to yourself.

You’ve got this!!

Then rinse and repeat several times throughout the day. Are you ready to walk on that stage now?

Hold your head held high, walk on, smile – you’re in the moment now so stay there.

Paula Smith – Your expert in Presentation Intelligence ® and Leadership Communication.

Keynote Speaker CSP, Master Trainer, Author, Business Coach and trusted advisor for over 30 years.

If you would like to learn more about how to become an Exceptional Presenter check out Paula’s next public programmes or book an in-house session for your key people.

3 tips to help you gain control of those public speaking nerves forever

No need to avoid presenting any longer

Overcome Public Speaking Nerves with Paula Smith CSP
No need to avoid presenting any longer

You have been asked to present at your next industry conference. Woohoo!! Or maybe not. The thought of standing in front of 400 people is terrifying and the self-talk starts in your head.

  1. I have no idea how to put together a presentation, what was I thinking?
  2. No way am I going to put myself through all that stress
  3. What if I get up there and I forget everything and completely fall apart?
  4. What if they all hate my presentation?
  5. What if they all hate me?
  6. My reputation, credibility and career is ruined forever

Does any of this sound familiar?

Presenting is one of the MUST have skills in business, in fact in life. You will be constantly asked to share your view, your message, your products, your services or your story throughout your career. So, stop avoiding the inevitable and get on top of those presenting nerves and that self-sabotaging mind chatter.

Yes, you should at some stage learn how to structure and prepare a powerful presentation and yes, the more you present the easier it becomes but if you have that presentation next week and need some quick tips to keep those nerves at bay try the tips below.

Power pose – You may have heard this one before, but it works. Dr Amy Cuddy’s research on Presence discusses that our body can shape our mind and our mind can shape our behaviour. So, you can prepare to be confident with your body as well as your mind. When you are feeling anxious or challenged you react and end up in a fight, flight or even a freeze moment. By just slowing your breathing down for example can change what your nervous system is doing, and by standing tall with your head up and your hands on your hips can change the way your brain is reacting to the situation. Amy suggests you fake it until you become it instead of faking it until you make it. In other words trick your mind into thinking you are calm and confident. You will start to believe it. So, do that power pose in the bathroom mirror in the morning and before you walk on stage, then walk onto that stage with strong strides, head up and smiling at your audience. Just the way you hold your body can increase your confidence and the belief in yourself.

Prepare – The preparation is always evident. Never wing it. So many times, I have seen presenters crash because they don’t know their audience or even their own presentation well enough. Do your research about the audience, the outcomes and of course know your presentation inside out. This doesn’t mean rehearse word for word, far from it. Just know the content and your area of expertise well enough to be of service to your audience. If you think you are going to forget anything, have some strategies in place like notes, props, pre-prepared flip charts, key words on your slides. (no palm cards please) and be okay with not being perfect. Even seasoned presenters forget something they wanted to say from time to time.

Positive Mindset – If you have prepared your presentation and you know your stuff everything else going on is in your head. Think positively about your presentation. What gift will you be sharing with the audience? You’ve obviously been asked to present because somebody believes in you, you just need to believe in yourself. When you are comfortable and having fun you give permission for your audience to feel the same. Don’t confuse good nerves with destructive nerves either. I always get a few excited butterflies before any presentation. It just means I care. I then turn them into positive energy.

So, we are now ready to go. This is your new self-talk.

  1. The day has finally come, I am looking forward to it
  2. I am really excited to share this new research
  3. I am sure I will meet some interesting new people before and after the presentation
  4. This is great for my positioning in the industry and my organisation
  5. I can’t believe how many times I have said no to delivering a presentation
  6. I hope I get asked to present this again as I am so prepared

Now look into that mirror, hands on hips, head up and say out loud

“you’ve got this”

If you don’t need to present next week and have a little more time to prepare and want some help to become a speaking superstar register for my next Exceptional Presenter One Day Master Cass or talk to me about working in-house with the key people in your organisation. Thousands of attendees have attended Paula’s workshops over the past 30 years. I would love to help you to feel calm, confident and charismatic in any future presentation or training session.

Next Perth Master Class is on Friday February 9th – Register here

Next Auckland Master Class February 28th – Contact me for details psmith@paulasmith.com.au

Paula Smith CSP is your expert in Presentation Intelligence. Speaker, Author, Master Trainer and Coach in all things presenting. Paula has been helping experts, entrepreneurs and organisations harness the power of speaking for the past 30 years. She is also the developer of the first and only certification and Australian Diploma qualification in Neuropresenting.

More information on Paula’s programmes are at www.paulasmith.com.au

The Now Presentation

Make money, save money, save time and be happier now.13. The Now Presentation

One of the principles for adult learning is relevance.

Can I use this knowledge or skill in my life or workplace now or in the not-so-distant future? I coach a lot of emerging speakers and trainers: speakers who have a great message for the world, and want to turn what they know – their expertise – into a business or a profitable practice. Speakers who want to be able to adapt their message for a commercial market. One of the first questions I ask them is: ‘If I was CEO of an organisation how would your message either make me money, save me money or save me time?’ Your message or your presentation must be relevant to your target market and their current issues. Lots of topics are interesting and may even have the ‘wow’ factor but would I pay for them? Many presenters have some brilliant content and ideas but to an organisation which has very clear outcomes and a strict budget they might say:

‘So what! Who cares!’

Be ready to answer these questions if you are wanting to work with any organisation:

  1. Will this presentation or training solve a current problem? 2. Will this presentation or training make my organisation money or save my organisation money? 3. Will this presentation or training help me or my staff to be more productive?
  2. Will this presentation or training help my staff to be more engaged so the above can be achieved?
  3. Is this presentation or training relevant now?

Even an individual attending your public workshop is looking for answers to a problem they may be experiencing now. They may want to be slimmer, richer more tech savvy or just happier. Even if you have a signature keynote you are known for you can still contextualise it to make it the right presentation for the right audience at the right time.

People want NOW presentations – ‘sometime later’ or ‘for someone else’ is not always an easy sell.

 

Paula Smith is your expert in Presentation Intelligence ™paula-smith-x-3

Professional Speaker CEP CSP, Author of Speaking in the Shower, Powerful Presentation Principles and Sell Your Story, Master Trainer and Business Consultant.

Paula helps experts, entrepreneurs and organisations harness the power of Presentation Intelligence™ to grow their business and their brands. Paula is also the Director of the Global Institute of Training and Presenting.

In-house programmes and keynotes can be booked at any time Australia wide or Internationally – Contact Paula to talk about your organisational goals

www.paulasmith.com.au or www.gitp.com.au