Nobo - Presenting with Confidence
Glossophobia, also known as the fear of public speaking, is the number one fear in many countries today - presenting and public speaking ranks above spiders, heights and even death.
Let us remove the pressures and stresses of taking to the whiteboard, projector or picking up the laser pointer, with these simple tips for successful presenting, no matter your chosen topic.
Many people spend hours rehearsing speeches, but fail to replicate the sound levels needed on the day. Speaking out boosts confidence, reinforces your words through sound and helps gauge volume levels for the main event.
Structure for success
Break your presentation down into sections. By sectioning presentations you always know what is coming next. Strucrture helps to reduce fluster, allows the audience to follow your words logically and keep you on track
Have the right tools
When practising, don’t forget your tools. Often people get so caught up in the presentation itself that they forget how powerful presentation aids can be. Knowing that you have the right tools to present and how knowing how to use them is vital.
- Laser pointers - help draw attention
- Palm cards – use to prompt, not to read from
- Marker pens – organise before you begin
- Whiteboards – clean to give a professional first impression
- Projection screens – revealed and ready to go
With over 45 years providing quality office products and boards for presentations, our selection of whiteboards, projection screens and flip pads won’t let you down when you need them most – so at least that’s one less thing to worry about when you take to the floor.
For a selection of our tools for presentations, please browse our presentation and projection products page.
When more confident in presenting, structure talks which switch between tools. A gentle move between mediums. (E.g. whiteboard to projector and back) allows for action, which can often help keep audiences engaged.
Avoid surprise by scoping the venue
If you don’t have the luxury of choosing the location to present, you could be faced with an unwanted surprise. If you get the chance, pick your location. With experience, it becomes easier to present in different places, but when starting, a familiar room helps to calm nerves and create a healthy atmosphere for delivery.
Speak slowly: you're going too fast
The natural tendency is to rush through. If you feel you’re going too fast you probably are. Slow down. Fight against the reaction to end the talk as soon as possible and remind yourself that people want to hear what you have to say.
Pitch and tone
Vary pitch and tone. Many people tend to drop the voice’s natural characteristics when presenting. You wouldn’t speak without colour from day to day, so don’t change when presenting.
Actions speak louder than words
Step in, don’t sway
Swaying is associated with nervousness. If you sway when speaking try to replace it with a step away from your whiteboard towards the audience. By stepping you are moving closer towards them and the step can be incorporated as a natural part of your presentation.
Seek eye contact
Eye contact is vital. Looking someone in the eye engages them, making him or her feel like part of the presentation. Equally, when eye contact is reciprocated it shows a respect for you as a presenter, which is sure to boost confidence.
Top tip: Look audience in the eye, hold their gaze briefly then look back to your whiteboard. As humans we naturally follow eye movements and in looking at audience, then whiteboard you have engaged, then drawn that audience member to your presentation.
Use your hands
Hands allow us to add drama to our performance to make us more approachable and convincing. Politicians regularly make use of this presentation technique to emphasise points.
Top tip: If you aren’t sure what to do with your hands, try using a laser or whiteboard pointer. Not only does this give you something to hold, but they can also be incorporated into speech to add interaction and purpose. Why not browse a selection of our laser pointers for an effective presentation.
Finally…try to embrace your nerves
While it’s easier said than done, but nerves are a good thing, and, when controlled, assist with focus and allow you to perform at your peak.
Whatever your experience, follow these effective presentation techniques and tips for successful public speaking for success no matter the subject or theme.