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Important Tips on Gaining Confidence in Presenting

 

 

Presenting can be an intimidating and challenging task for many people, but it is an integral part of many careers. 


 Nervousness can make us more distracted, stumble over words, or skip important points, making the presentation difficult to understand and ineffective. You are trying to deliver and you are wasting all of your hard work. 

 

 Like most things, being a good presenter takes time and practice, but there are things you can do to build your confidence and get the most out of your presentation. 


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 Knowing your presentation inside and out will make you feel more confident giving it. You don't have to memorize everything, but having your introduction ready can be a good idea. Your notes in the first few minutes will leave you feeling nervous and unprepared. 

 

 Take well-organized notes with bullet points, keywords, and talking points instead of a full speech. This allows you to speak more organically without getting lost and accessing all of the important information. 

 

 Consider using online presentation designers to put your presentation together so you can spend more time focusing on the discussion points rather than designing the presentation. Using a presentation designer will also help your self-confidence when presenting as you will have an effective and eye-catching slide deck to share. 


 Positive Affirmations and Powerful Poses 


 Harvard Psychologist Amy Cuddy believes that if you adopt a powerful posture before an event, you feel nervous because it can give you confidence. According to their study, adopting a loose posture can help people feel more productive. and have more confidence in interviews, presentations and important meetings. 

 

 Looking in the mirror and repeating positive affirmations can also contribute to more self-confidence. Saying simple phrases like "I am smart," "I am capable," and "I am confident" may seem silly, but confirming these things will help you believe in them and subconsciously increase your confidence. 

 

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 Slow start 

 

 It is normal for the nerves 

 

 to peak before they begin to present. At this point, you probably can't wait for the presentation to finish. Hence, it is normal to rush into topics of conversation. This can make it difficult for the audience to follow you and hear what you are saying. 

 

 Before you begin to speak, take a deep breath and take a moment to regain your composure. Even if those few seconds may seem like an eternity to you, your audience won't feel that way, and in fact, it will make you seem more confident than you might feel. 


 Check the site beforehand 


 If possible, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the site and the equipment being used. That way, you can preview your presentation and decide where you want to stand, whether you have room to walk, and where your audience is. 

 

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 Knowing what equipment you will be working with will help you avoid as many technical problems as possible. Prepare in advance for potential technology bugs so that you are not surprised or disoriented if they occur during your presentation.


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