Many people are terrified of speaking in front of a group and experience a great deal of public speaking anxiety. Many of us can accomplish it, but feel a certain amount of fear and stress. Speaking in front of groups does not have to be stressful or nerve racking; instead, the experience can help you stand out and get noticed. Here are some presentation tips that will help you fight through your public speaking anxiety and deliver an effective presentation:
- Prepare, Prepare, Prepare. If you have a complete understanding of your material, you will definitely have an advantage during your presentation. Do not memorize your material; you just need to be familiar with it.
- Open with Confidence. Your opening gives your audience a first impression of your presentation. Make sure not to leave anything to chance. Your opening sets the tone for your entire presentation.
- Focus on a Few Key Points. Know the major points you want to make. This will help ease your public speaking anxiety and increase your confidence. You should also use electronic visuals, note cards, or memory techniques to outline your key concepts.
- Support Ideas with Evidence. It is always important to provide evidence to support your main points. Supporting evidence will help your audience understand your points and will give you a chance to explain your points more fully.
- Close with a Call to Action. This will be the last impression your audience has of you and your presentation. It is important to ensure the closing reflects the purpose of the presentation. Your closing should summarize your content and give your audience a clear direction.
For tips and advice on public speaking, please visit Dale Carnegie’s blog tips or look through Dale Carnegie’s public speaking courses.