Are you an expert in your chosen field?
Do you hold information that would most certainly be valuable to others who work within your niche?
Do you have a product or service to sell to prospects?
Are you missing out on dollars because a lack of confidence is preventing you from fulfilling your potential when public speaking or pitching?
You might ask what qualifies me to offer advice on public speaking, and my answer would be that the successful art of communication and delivery has been a requirement in my working life for over twenty-five years. I've built a business as a speaker, trainer and facilitator not only within my own niche (of building law), but also through my desire to pass on my training expertise to other professionals and business owners.
I'm fortunate that the skill of coaching and training comes naturally to me; from an early age I can remember play dates with friends where I would create plays and write scripts for everyone then coach them through their lines and performances.
Throughout my working life I've regularly met people who are frightened to take the stage as a speaker, even though they know their subject inside and out. For some the idea of standing up in front of a group of peers or strangers is so toe curlingingly cringe worthy that they would do anything to avoid it.
This is nothing to be ashamed of… As an adult one can be smart, articulate and desperately want to convey valuable information or influence people but it just seems impossible to let the words flow or the body obey. Here’s the good news though, with a little coaching and practice, this stumbling block can be easily overcome.
To get you started I’ve popped together a list of 6 top tips for public speaking.
- Breathe – Take three deep calming breaths before you take the floor. If you need to stop during your pitch to breathe again, that’s okay too.
- Fluids in – This helps to lubricate the vocal cords, so prior to taking the floor have a drink of water… Not whiskey!
- Stand tall – Head up, shoulders back! Practice your Wonder Woman posture in front of the mirror before your speaking engagement, and you’ll be ready to take on the world!
- Be comfortable in silence - Learn how give in to all eyes on you without saying anything, this can feel a little freaky at first but it’s important to get used to the feeling.
- Visualise success over and over – Hold fast to the mantra, “I know my subject and I can handle anything.”
- Finally don't imagine people naked - It's rather distracting!
For more advice on training and delivery register for one of my Trainer’s Toolbox workshops, these are upcoming in Auckland (May 12th) and Wellington (June 1st). You’ll discover:
- The secret ingredients of good training
- How you can plan and run your own live training / workshops
- How to deal with your nerves, group dynamics and unexpected glitches
- How you can turn your content into a magical training experience