Ever been late? I have and I hate it!
I hate rushing around leaving important things behind. I hate feeling unfocused, disorganised – even disorientated. Not to mention feeling guilty and embarrassed about letting down the person who I am meeting.
For me, being late is a result of paying less attention – or no attention – to my capacity. Less attention to my ability to manage my own workload means I get super-stressed out.
Do you ever feel stressed before presenting?
Even if you’re having a great day, it’s easy to feel overloaded and stressed out with everything you have to remember for your big presentation. Getting the message right, tone of voice, body language, engaging the audience, being clear on intent, preparing, rehearsing, and managing your nerves. The list goes on (and on).
However, all these factors can be better managed by paying closer attention to the things that count. To the things you are able to control.
The only person you can control is yourself
A client of mine recently said to me: “But how am I going to get them to think about…” My response was: “You’re not.” You see, the only person you can truly control is you.
When it comes to public speaking and presenting, you need to think about yourself so you can cultivate your awareness of the things that stress you out. Sounds selfish? It’s not. Build strategies to dilute the stress and watch your performance grow.
Focus on what you can do, not what you can’t. In other words, have a clear unforgettable intention for yourself, not for your audience e.g. I’m going to share my thoughts and feelings about this topic in a simple and precise way.
Cultivate a sense of self-awareness. Get to know your personal values and work out how they impact on your thinking when presenting.
Build in time to rehearse or practise. Practice makes perfect. Hearing your presentation out loud is the best way you can pay attention to the bits that work and the bits that don’t.
Undertake some work around mindfulness. Do some reading. Undertake this “Be in the body” exercise regularly. It will help you notice your stressors and manage them better. Remember paying attention is mindfulness in action.
When you slow down, calm down and pay more attention to yourself, your presentations will be better. For more tips on presenting, and to see some experts in action, why not come to our PPC Club Night on 2nd October 2014