Overcome your fear and nervousness when making a presentation

Here are several techniques that you can use which make presentations more powerful.   

  • Being prepared will take away a great deal of fear and nervousness.  That means practicing your presentations out loud.
  • It is easy to find  quotations, anecdotes, and analogies that inform, educate, and entertain your listeners if you have Internet access.  It is not longer necessary to spend hours and hours at the library.  Google is your best friend in doing research.  You should be able to give credit and follow all the copyright  laws of using quotations.  You aren’t expected to know everything.  However, you are expected to give credit to the originator of quotes and anecdotes.
  • To insure that you are not caught off guard again when you are asked to give an impromtu or short-notice presentation,
  • Creative pointers will keep your audience interested and involved when you’re presenting dry, boring, or technical material.  Introduce comical pictures to make your point.
  • Rehearse using your notes.  Practice enough times so that you don’t seem stiff or over-rehearsed.
  • Make sure that you know your visual-aids and that they make your point, rather than distract from your point.
  • Interruptions and distractions can that throw even the best-prepared speakers off course.  You can either totally ignore or address the interruptions.  Within the mentally challenged community, you need to have a point-person ready to deflect the interruption.
  • Watch your body-language.  Some errors include fidgeting with an object that you are hold in your hand.  Standing stiffly without smiling makes people uncomfortable.  However, on the opposite end, don’t be too relaxed.  Don’t lean against anything, unless you are doing it for a special effect.
  • Respond to questions with politeness and with a positive attitude.  Expect totally difficult queries.  Watch your voice inflections.  If you show anger or shock, you can lose your audience and distract from what you are saying.
  • Relax.  Breathing deeply and evenly.  This will keep you at ease and in control through long or pressured presentations
  • Project your voice by using the bottom of your diaphram.  Practice speaking with strength–not volume.  In this way you will be heard and understood without yelling or raising your voice
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