No-one is born an effective and charismatic public speaker. It’s a skill that takes time and practice to perfect. But there are some corporate presentation tips you can take on board to boost your confidence, whether you’re speaking with a small, informal audience or at a large professional conference.
Corporate Presentation Tips: Confident Public Speaking
Imagine for a moment that you’re in a conference and sitting in the audience. The speaker on the stage says ‘I need a volunteer to prove this point’ and he starts to walk in your direction.
How Does It Make You Feel?
Some may think ‘fab, I hope he chooses me’, whereas others will be breaking out in a cold sweat at the mere thought of being selected. Some might even resort to that age-old trick of check their phones for messages, trying to bury themselves in their screens.
Anything will do to avoid being asked to go on the stage and do some public speaking in front a crowd.
The Experience Simulator
If the idea of public speaking brings you out in spots, then you could be having what Dan Gilbert, a Harvard psychologist, refers to as the ‘experience simulator’. This is when an area of your prefrontal cortex is used to predict what might occur under certain circumstances.
Some will imagine a positive scene. However, a lot of people will conjure a scene that does not turn out well, with a certain amount of embarrassment involved. Unfortunately for most of us, our brains will head off towards the negative side, making them less than helpful in potentially stressful public speaking scenarios.
Retraining Your Expectations
There are many different negative images that the brain conjured when it thinks about the prospect of public speaking. Try:
- Falling over
- Going blank
- Being laughed at
- Getting a dry throat
The good news is that experience simulation can be retrained to focus on a set of positive outcomes. Instead, try focusing on:
- A positive impact on other people’s lives
In reality, the worst-case scenario is that you might trip over a few words here are there, which is far less noticeable than you think it is. People will still hear your heart when you speak.
By focusing all your thoughts on your audience and the positive value that you can add, this negative experience simulation can be overcome, making use better corporate presenters.