I can’t count the number of times I’ve met people who are so terrified to give presentations that it actually holds them back in their careers. They may miss out on a promotion, not apply for a new position, or avoid jobs all together because a small part of the responsibilities includes giving presentations.
If this describes you, it’s not too late to add one more resolution to your list for 2009. You can overcome your fear of presenting. I’ll start you off with the number one skill I teach in my live classes: Eye contact. If you can master eye contact, you will remember what to say, speak at a normal pace and feel MUCH more relaxed. Here’s how you do it:
Start by picking a friendly face in the audience, make eye contact, and talk to that person for a complete thought (approximately 3-5 seconds). Then, pick someone nearby and talk to them for a complete thought. Repeat this exercise with small clusters of people around the room and you will be well on your way to mastering your presentation skills.
Make Every Presentation Great!