1. Never Run Late to Your Own Event
Always be early and prepared for anything and everything around you. This will help eliminate nervousness. An event doesn’t necessarily have to be in front of a large crowd. You could have a small meeting or even a one-on-one meeting. Being punctual shows your professionalism and that you care about your business, your client or audience, and that you are responsible.
2. Dress the Part… Be Professional!!
You can always determine where some of your target audience are from in life just by their demeanor, presence, charisma, tonality and the way they dress. Your target audience comes from all walks of life. So you want to make sure being the person on stage you dress “neutral” where you aren’t catering to any specific culture or trend but just as a successful entrepreneur. This will open you to a wider audience. People are looking to you for advice and success and you can’t possibly deliver it to them if you don’t fit the profile. No one says you can’t have a splash of personality; but, let that personality shine through your tonality, not by outrageous wardrobe choices.
3. OWN THE ROOM
Walk in to the room like you own it. Stand from a position of strength and walk tall. Let your confidence shine. They don’t know who you are, all they know is you’re an expert at what ever you’re going to share. They don’t know your routine so just take your time.
4. Get Excited
Get your crowd engaging with you and enjoying your presence. Don’t forget to SMILE ALWAYS! It releases endorphins and will set the tone. Remember, what you pour out to your crowd is what you will get in return.
5. Connect with Your Audience
Remember to be relatable in your stories… you have the floor, so be sure to connect with your audience and build relationships from your platform so they can like you and trust what you’re saying.
6. Watch the Inflection in Your Voice
Keep your voice natural. You don’t want to come off cocky, arrogant, or as a know-it-all, show fear, or worse yet sound too scripted. Just always have a humble spirit and a giving heart which always win a crowd over. Just don’t be fake; be genuine or your audience will see right through you.
7. Use Gestures, Speak with Your Hands
(Just don’t point at anyone!) Walk slowly to engage the crowd. Don’t just stand there looking frightened or lost; because, as the presentation moves along, that fear keeps setting in and you will lose it. Try some embracing movements, point at the screen, etc.
8. Be Yourself, Be Authentic
Don’t try to copy or be someone else. Just relax and let the audience love on you. If you can’t pull your audience into you personally then it will be very difficult to engage with your audience and deliver your message. And please, please please! Do not say “um-um-um” or allow silence to take over the room.
How do you apply these tips BEFORE you get to the stage? Practice and make them a habit. Talk to yourself in the mirror and try using some of these with your personal relationships – friends and family – being cognizant of your tone, gestures, engagement, and excitement. Have clothing prepared well in advance that reflects who you want to be seen professionally. Wear a watch, practice being on-time or early to meet with friends, or for anything. Walk through a crowded mall with your shoulders back and head held high without going around people, but through. Not cocky or mean, just confident. When you practice these 8 tips in your everyday life, the actions and demeanor of being a professional presenter who commands the room and draws people toward themselves will feel comfortable and natural to you. Go back to the mirror again and practice your presentation. If you can honestly say that you’d buy whatever this person in the mirror is selling, then you’re ready!
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