I’ve not been blogging regularly because of school work. I have 2 reports and 1 presentation due this week and guess what! I’ve got them all done before the deadline! 🙂
But I have to still prepare for my presentation this Friday and I was just psyching myself up the other day – constantly repeating to myself that I’m such a great speaker! lol~! But even a ‘seasoned’ speaker like myself, does get jittery once in awhile.
But let me tell you why it is so important to hone your speaking skills, especially if you are a real estate agent, insurance agent, sales person etc. It is because presentation and public speaking is one of the most efficient as well as effective manner in making your products and services known.
Believe it or not, fear of death is actually second to the one greatest fear that the majority of humanity seems tensely afraid of: fear of speaking in public.
If fear is all that you are thinking, then forget about that presentation that could earn your company and you the necessary sales.
But why deny your chance to be heard?
Well, if you are challenged to give it a try, I applaud you and here are some tips that I use that I would like to share with you!
>> If you are still afraid, try your very best to focus on the various positive after effects of making that presentation. Create in your mind the numerous clients, customers and contact persons you might not get to see or be involved with if you let that unnecessary and irrelevant anxiety take hold of you.
2. Be Positive
>> Turn your fear or negative energy into a positive one. Repeat motivational phrases to yourself, such as “I am the best speaker in the world!” It can help to psyche yourself up too.
3. Warm up your body
>>Before giving your presentation, try to stand on only one leg. Then shake the leg that is off the floor. Switch legs and do the same thing again. Hold out your hands, shake them, fast. Put your hands over your head and bring them to your sides. Repeat the same process. Doing this continually will take the tension off your hands and arms so any movements you make with them during your presentation gets to appear natural. Ease the tension present in the muscles of your face. In order to do this what you could do is chew in a manner that is exaggerated. What you are doing are exercises that take the negative energy of anxiety towards the floor and out of your body. It actually works!
>> Do not think too much though as it only adds unnecessary stress. Relax and your audience will relax along with you.
There you go, simple basic steps for you to try out before you make that important presentation of yours! Just picture yourself all happy after making the presentation and your listeners benefiting from what you have shared! With that as your visualized end result, you can be sure, you’ll ace it!