|Maria Clews and Hugh Alford- coaches for Effective Business Presentations|
You may think that you cannot speak publicly because of nervousness but ALL GOOD SPEAKERS ARE NERVOUS.
|There will be a touch in the 'scream' in all speakers with nerves|
Mari Clews and I have just finished an effective presentations programme for one of the major high street banks but for their Corporate business side. (No names but the bank was founded in 1727 in Edinburgh !)
Maria ran a programme in Manchester and I ran one in City of London. Both of us were impressed by the courage and application of the delegates.
Presentation courses can be stressful for the folk who attend .
Initially they can be quite nervous and apprehensive.
So we draw a scale at the start of the course on flip chart and ask the delegates to gauge their level of confidence and comfort at the start of the programme and mark it on the scale.
|Scale of Comfort and Confidence|
The psot course feedback we got included:-
"Very well delivered.. Enjoyed the variety of styles ie visual, debates stories, analogies etc"
"Hugh was great – Clearly knew his topic and shared his knowledge"
Nervous tension is not good but nervous excitement is important.
|Traffic light -good advice from actors|
- Detail of the poster campaign form RADA
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art -
Campaign on the London Underground ( The 'Tube')
This can be done quite unobtrusively as you are being introduced.
a. take your position
b. clear the lectern and desk if necessary,
c. arrange your confidence cards/ notes and visual aids
d. generally make yourself comfortable with your space before looking at the audience.
If you convey some degree of warmth for them, they are more than likely to return the compliment.
Again you may encounter a build up of nerves at this point so:
|Like a swan look serene above the waterline|
5. Commence with your presentation with
a. “glide in introduction/greeting ,” good morning/ afternoon/ evening ladies and gentlemen,
b. introduce yourself,
c. follow up with an attention “Grabber” and the “Billboard” and get quickly into the meat of your presentation.
For ideas on openers to presentations see this link.
If you are using PowerPoint slides you can project a slide.
If using a flichart you can draw something and attention moves form you to the flipchart.
If you are going to guide them throuh a page numbered handout the same principle helps take the spot liht off you for few seconds.
Now your nerves are under control enjoy your presentation.
Good Luck from Maria and Hugh ( me)