Improve your public presentations.

The ability to act in front of a bigger group of people is one of the most desired skills among people interested in self-development. It's because we perform all the time—not only during presentations, business meetings, or training but also in normal everyday situations, like when we meet up with our friends.

Instructions

  1. Prepare the material, but do not memorize it.
    Outline everything you need to say and highlight the most important points before your presentation. Use colors, underlines, or drawings to easily recall the points you must discuss in your presentation.

  2. Get rid of stage fright.
    Before the presentation, imagine that everything is going great—your audience is interested in your speech and that they applaud at the end. Then, do a few breathing exercises and relax. Get rid of your stage fright by believing that everything will turn out exactly the way you imagined them to be.

  3. If possible, come to the place of your presentation much earlier.
    Arriving early at the venue allows you to practice and prepare more for your presentation so it would run smoothly. You could go on stage, prepare the appropriate positions of chairs and sit in several places in the room to ensure that everything will be visible from the audience's perspective.

  4. Clear your mind before getting on stage.
    A few minutes before you start your speech, bring down your materials and do not attempt to practice your presentation once more, as it will just leave you unrelaxed. Instead, let go of all your worries, trust your subconscious, meditate and calm yourself.

  5. Take care of your posture.
    Stand straight, keep your head high and point your chin towards the horizon. Show that you are confident and qualified in the subject you will present through your gestures.

  6. Remember facial expressions.
    Smile often, raise your eyebrows, and make facial expressions based on what you’re talking about. This will make your presentation more engaging and meaningful. Most importantly, it will make the audience understand what you have on your mind better and faster.

  7. Modulate your voice.
    First, ensure you speak clearly and with enough speed during your presentation. To do this, record yourself first on a voice recorder and listen to yourself several times over. Make adjustments if you find yourself speaking too fast or too slow. When performing, make sure also to change your voice frequently and use different tones according to the emotions you want to evoke from the audience.

  8. Look people in the eyes.
    Looking into your audience's eyes will make them feel like you’re talking directly to them, encouraging them to listen more carefully to your presentation.

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