I remember a few years ago, I was invited to a networking group and when I got there, they let me know that I got to get up and talk about my business for 30 seconds. I WAS PETRIFIED! I probably would not have gone to the meeting if I had known I was going to have to get up and speak in front of 25 people.
Over time, though, I have learned a few things that help me deal with presenting to a group, and I want to share some of them with you. Of these tips, some are things that I have learned on my own, others are tips that I received from the Certified Networker Program (a program offered by the Referral Institute), and an influence from an amazing networker, Tom Fleming.
#1 – Practice: This is probably one of the most crucial things that you can do in order to be successful when giving a presentation. When I practice, I am up on my feet, moving around, practicing as if I was giving the presentation. I used to practice at my desk, but it did not have the same result. What I found is that when I practice my presentation 4-6 times before I present, I am much more comfortable in front of the room during the presentation; I am focused on connecting with the audience and sharing my message instead of trying to remember what I wanted to say next. #2 – Realize: People listen to the music, not the words: This tip from the Certified Networker Program completely changed the way that I approached doing presentations. Music can include, but not limited to: pauses, facial expression, changing pitch, tone & volume, gestures and movement.

#3 – Examine why you are afraid: What is the biggest thing you are afraid of? I have messed up SO many times, I can no longer count my errors, but often times I connect with the audience when I mess up.
Take a few minutes to think about what your fear is when you are speaking…

#4 – Have an amazing introduction: When you are speaking, your #1 goal is to compel others to like you! And by starting the presentation with an amazing introduction (not by you, by someone else), you are putting yourself in a position to have the audience to like you before you even begin to speak.

#5 – Be authentic: Early on in my speaking career, I tried to emulate other amazing presenters that I saw; in doing that, I was not being true to who I was as a person. What I started to do instead, is take pieces of what I saw others doing that I love, and use it in a way that worked with who I naturally am. By being me, instead of trying to be someone else, I am more comfortable from the start, and connect with the audience.
And a common tip, that I hear when it comes to many things in your life, is “Fake it till you make it”. I am still nervous many times before I do a presentation, but the nerves quickly become an adrenaline rush as I am able to help others make their life a success.

What are some of the lessons you have learned to help when doing a presentation?
How can you use these tips for your next presentation?

About Tiffanie Kellog

Tiffanie loves to help people make more money while saving time, so they can hopefully have more fun!

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