Presentations are performances with a point
Presenting with confidence and the ability to perform well can supercharge your career. This is the second blog with extracts taken from the book Transform Your Communications Skills with advice from Sally Hindmarch and Annie Farr of Partners with You.
Partners with You use the skills of professional actors, skills they learned in drama school. They have developed these skills during film, theatre and television experience to overcome nerves and mentally prepare themselves. This includes projecting their voices and gestures, and body language to maximum effect. These are all elements in presenting with confidence. Here Sally and Annie share one of the secrets of presentation success.
Presenting with Confidence: How to step into the more confident you
It is the confident side of you that you project to the audience. How many times have you witnessed famous actors come alive on stage who then slip back into quiet and very private people when the curtain comes down?
You can be the same. When presenting you step into the performer in you, a performer who is not hampered with limiting beliefs. Someone who is there to inform and stimulate the audience. You may have butterflies the size of bats in your tummy but to the audience you will be the one presenting with confidence. By overcoming nerves, you will be able to deliver your message effectively.
Breathing deeply for a few minutes helps to reduce stress and quiet nerves before your speak. The actions of breathing deeply in a controlled, even rhythm send signals to the brain that in turn help the body to release tension and lessen anxiety. Breathing inwards fills the lungs with oxygen that stimulates the brain. Exhaling rids the body of spent air containing carbon dioxide and other gases. The fresh oxygen brings waves of fresh energy to your system.
Practice this exercise:
1. Sit up or stand up straight and exhale, breathing out through your mouth, pursing your lips and blowing out until you feel there is no more air in your lungs.
2. Breathe in slowly through your nose, feel your chest and rib cage expand.
3. Keep breathing inwards until your chest feels stretched.
4. Hold the breath for a moment then breathe out through your mouth.
Repeat the exercise for a few minutes, concentrating on the act of breathing, eyes closed and relaxing your face and feel the tension ease from your shoulders.
Follow these suggestions and you will be presenting with confidence better than before.
This is short excerpt from the book Transform Your Communication Skills, there’s much to explore inside its pages. Please visit www.transformyourskills.com
To learn more about the work of Sally and Annie visit: www.partnerswithyou.co.uk