The imposter syndrome is a condition we see in both men and women. Many avoid presenting because they feel they aren't an expert, or smart enough, or don't deserve the recognition-- all fueled by an inaccurate state of reality.
Audiences hunger for authenticity. When you create your next presentation, use real examples. Recall what it felt like, and then include colorful, descriptive details to avoid reporting on the incident.
Leverage this tool to accelerate your ability to write, speak and present. Re-tune your ear so that every news broadcast, adventure, or client interaction provides fodder for your next open, close, or theme. There's no better way to keep you sharp, and your material fresh and immediate. Do it as a mental exercise, and when you need a hit in four weeks, you'll be nimble enough to produce one.
When you present standing, especially for the opening, square your shoulders and let both hands rest at your side. Physical neutral shows you have nothing to hide and exhibits confidence. Give your audience the courtesy and respect that white glove treatment implies, and you will be rewarded.
Think through everything that could go wrong and have a Plan B. Being resilient is essential. Unless the set falls down, you will survive. You may not have good material for a game of Bottom This, but you’ll be much happier.
Remember the Arringatore the next time you step onto a stage. Imagine yourself representing thousands of years of history. From the beginning of time, individuals in leadership roles have delivered pronouncements which advanced their civilization and culture.
When you work on a presentation or talk, use combinatory play to activate your imagination. Go to an art exhibition, pick up an instrument, see a concert, or sing favorite songs. But keep your antenna up. Your unconscious mind will kick in and give you extra muscle to create your own brilliant, unique piece.
Shrink the goal. At Eloqui, we tell our clients to identify only one intention when they speak. This mindset shines a light on what they most want to achieve, edits their material, and saves them time, so that their energy is spent only on attaining their goal.
How many of us have wasted educational opportunities? From free webinars and podcasts, to live classes, we claim to be too busy or that we can’t afford it-- even when our firm picks up the tab. And while the consequences of turning down education here in the U.S. may not be as dire as in Bali, there is no better way to achieve partner status, rise in our respective fields, or stay current with industry advancements.
Kahneman suggests that our words can be very persuasive, especially if we are thoughtful in their selection and use. For instance, if you relate a client anecdote with strong visual details of the protagonist's obstacle and your solution, the listener's memory kicks in with their version of the same narrative.
Create your own style, and don't copy anyone else. When you commit to exhibiting your genuine qualities and perspective, you may not be liked, but you will be respected and appreciated. In fact, if you can manage all of the above, you will be a magnet for those who thirst for the genuine article.
The night before your meeting or speech, retire early. If you don't sleep well, you lose 30 to 40% of your cognitive ability. Whether it's magnesium-zinc-potassium, sublingual melatonin, or another sleep aid, pack it and use it.
To determine the true quality of your voice, record yourself and then listen carefully. Become familiar with your voice and commit to making it a compelling instrument. The effect on others will be dramatic.
After determining your single intention, or what you most want to achieve, employ the Rule of Three to make your ideas stick and engage the listener. Three concepts or ideas also make the speaker appear clear, knowledgeable and organized.