Successful presentations

Giving successful presentations

meting room full of empty chairs - successful presentationsSuccessful presentations don’t just happen. They need lots of preparation, specific skills and the right state of mind.

It is said that people fear presentations more than they do death!

Have you given presentations before?

What was it like?

Do you find giving presentations difficult?

The objective of this article is to provide you with some practical tools, tried and tested techniques and top tips, to enable you to deliver successful presentations with less anxiety, more confidence and maximum impact.

So the question that comes to mind if we prefer death to doing presentations is:

Why do presentations?

  • It’s interactive.
  • It’s personal.
  • It’s more interesting.
  • People can ask questions.
  • It helps you to sell.

The key thing is that it is the most practical and dynamic way of getting your message across as clearly as possible.

What are the benefits?

  • Gain commitment from a group. Get people’s agreement to do something, spend money, provide resources for a project etc.
  • Educate and influence. You may need the help of another part of the organisation or another company to reach your goals.
  • Gauge reaction. Check out concepts and ideas.
  • Sell your business.
  • Sell yourself.
  • Have some IMPACT!

One of the most powerful ways you can sell your value is by giving a memorable presentation. Plus it is a great way to raise your profile as an individual.

Presentations are risky and there are barriers that you imagine that prevent you from taking this risk!

What are the barriers to successful presentations?

  • It’s hard work.
  • Lack of confidence.
  • Fear of public speaking.
  • Lack of knowledge (you usually know a lot more than the audience).
  • No reason to do a presentation.
  • Don’t know how.

Are these barriers insurmountable?

No. Especially if you are prepared.

Remember the 6 P’s!

“Proper Preparation Prevents Pretty Poor Performance.”

If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail!

Most people who deliver successful presentations suffer the same fear as you do – but they do it anyway!

A business consultant from BT’s Research and Development facility gave a presentation that was absolutely brilliant. Yet when I spoke to him afterwards he said he got so anxious before presentations that he usually threw up in the toilet beforehand.

I hope this won’t be your experience!

The best bit of advice I can give you is Action Cures Fear.

The more you do it, the easier it becomes.  Which is true for most things in life!

I have found that hypnotherapy is an very effective way of dealing with a phobia of speaking in public. I have some very happy clients who can give successful presentations who used to feel sick at the very thought of speaking in front of people and who lost sleep the night before worrying about it.

So, if you do have a real need to deal with your fear of public speaking please contact me.

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