The Art of Public Speaking
The Art of Public Speaking. As humans, we’re all forced to make presentations on a regular basis. Whether it’s in school or at work, we all know the humiliation and anxiety of standing up in front of our classmates or coworkers and verbally trying to explain something: “Please turn your attention to the diagram,” “The financial report,” “This is how you assemble an IKEA chair.”
The Art of Public Speaking. But what if that presentation wasn’t just about proving your knowledge or getting through something? What if that presentation was an opportunity for you? Public speaking is a skill. It’s not just giving a speech but also defining who you are and what kind of person you want others to see.
So it’s understandable that many of us are nervous before giving that presentation. It’s natural to feel self-conscious, especially if you feel like you’re not confident at all. So this post is designed to help you prepare for the presentation and increase your confidence before the meeting.
First off, there are two parts to preparing for a presentation: figuring out what’s in it for you and working on presenting yourself the way you want others to see. We’ll start with the first part, figuring out what’s in it for YOU.
The Art of Public Speaking. How do I benefit from preparation?
The good news is that everyone benefits from preparation; even the most amazing public speakers often struggle with their presentations.
Ready? I’ll give you three:
- Your presentation will be more interesting.
- You will show more of yourself.
- Your presentation will: a) reduce anxiety and b) strengthen your confidence by reducing self-consciousness and confrontation.
Got it? Now, let’s move on to the second part: WORKING ON PRESENTING YOURSELF THE WAY YOU WANT OTHERS TO SEE.
How do I present myself? Do I need to work on that?
The good news is that there are tools available to help you work on presenting yourself in a way that will make others feel more comfortable. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to recognize which of these tools you need or how they will help you. So here are some general pointers about presenting yourself in a way that will make other people feel more comfortable with you:
This is worth mentioning because clothes can be hard to change for introverts or less confident people.