3 Powerful Steps to Becoming a Better Presenter and Public Speaker

By Maurice DeCastro

Do you sometimes wonder what it would take for you to become a more confident presenter and public speaker? At Mindful Presenter we believe that we all have everything we need to connect with confidence, clarity and purpose each time we speak. Whether you are presenting to your colleagues in a team meeting, your management team at your monthly update or speaking to clients, the one thing we need to connect with our audience is already within our gift.

It’s our mind

I believe that it was the late George Bernard Shaw who once said that, “Two percent of the people think; three percent of the people think they think; and ninety-five percent of the people would rather die than think.”

For me that statement represents a challenge for each of us to pause for a few moments to think about the way we think. It seems to me that what Mr Shaw may have been trying to say is that most of us think that we think, but do we really?

When you stop to really think about it, thinking is hard.

If most of us are honest with ourselves, we don’t even have to read the wealth of research that says for the most part we are all creatures of habit. We are so busy being busy that many of us operate on ‘auto-pilot’.

When it comes to us having to present to colleagues or clients or speak in public, many of us will approach the opportunity in exactly the same way as we always have with a much lower level of consciousness than our audience deserves. The net result of such an approach is mediocrity and sameness with many people wondering why they weren’t just sent an email instead.

The route to success is simple but not easy.

If you have the courage and presence of mind to take the journey you will find yourself connecting with and inspiring fellow human beings in a way you never imagined possible.

Step 1 – Give yourself a break

The number one challenge we have to help people with during our presentation training courses is what we call their own personal ‘head stuff’. It’s the voice of self-criticism that tells us that we are simply not good enough.

We criticize ourselves for way we stand, the way we sound, the way we use our hands and even the way we move. The problem is that for the most part it is self-indulgent criticism that is very rarely warranted or true. I wish I knew the percentage of people we train and coach who insist they have a long list of bad habits when they speak when most of them simply aren’t visible.

The first step on the journey to high impact presenting and public speaking is to STOP criticising yourself.

Let’s be clear now, that doesn’t mean that you become blissfully unaware of your bad habits and challenges but it does mean that you give yourself a break and find out whether they are real or simply ‘head stuff’. If you find Go to the full article.

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