How To Improve Your Presentation Skills

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Hi Lovely,

This year has been a year of dealing with the unexpected, hasn’t it?

When I realized that I’d no longer be able to host my signature events face-to face, I felt super anxious about my community feeling like I’d let them down…

And the last thing I wanted was for our gorgeous girlies to feel alone or abandoned.

I knew in my gut that I wasn’t going to cancel my planned events… 

I just couldn’t. 

Nope, we HAD to go virtual…

So that’s what we did!

My team sprang into action and did an amazing job setting it all up…

And since then we’ve successfully hosted 10 virtual conferences with another 8 in the calendar before Christmas!

Now I know presenting can feel super-scary…

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The idea of having all eyes fixed on you can be daunting. 

But I just want to remind you that the world needs your Genius Zone. 

Everyone that’s signed up for your presentation recognizes that you have something they don’t…

And they want it too!

You are the expert, so you can be confident and act like one 🙂

I’d like to share some tips and tricks to improve your presentation skills…

Some apply only to virtual presentations, but most apply to both virtual and in-person. 

So Lovely, ready to up your presentation game?

Let’s get started…

Body & Mind

Breathe in, breathe out

Stand up straight

Smile more

Drink, drink, drink…

Just be you

Preparation & Delivery

Practice

Learn from the best

Be the early bird

Check the tech

Pause for effect

Keep it simple

Review & Celebrate

Watch recording

Reward yourself

Conclusion

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Body & Mind

Breathe in, breathe out

Did you know that most of us don’t breathe properly…

Restricting oxygen to our cells, making us feel stressed out and affecting our digestion? 

If you focus on breathing slowly and deeply, it will reduce stress and relax your body.

I use what I call the 5/5 technique…

Where you breathe in for a count of 5 and breathe out for a count of 5…

You’ll be amazed how it calms you down if you just stop and take some time to breathe intentionally!

So, all together now…

Breathe in for… 1, 2, 3, 4, 5…

And breathe out for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5…

Good, right?

Stand up straight

Not only is standing up straight good for your back, neck and spine…

It’s also scientifically shown to boost your confidence. 

Inc.com cited a study published in the journal NeuroRegulation, which explained that slouching tells our subconscious that we are not safe…

And the more unsafe you feel, the more difficult it is to focus and concentrate on presenting. 

When you slouch, you also reduce the space for your lungs… sending 30% less oxygen to your brain. 

So standing or sitting up straight could help your brain function better, as well as help you think more clearly because you feel calmer and more confident.

Think of a superhero pose with your chest out and hands on your hips 😉

Smile more 

When you’re presenting you can never smile too much.

It’s easy to forget about smiling when you’re concentrating on your content, but it’s important to help your audience connect with you…

And even if they can’t see you, they can hear it in your voice. 

A happy, cheerful presenter is much more fun to watch and listen to.

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Drink, drink, drink…

I’m sorry to disappoint you, but I don’t mean wine 🙂

Make sure you keep drinking water – before, during and after your presentation.

Medical News Today talks about 15 benefits of drinking water

Our blood is made up of more than 90% water…

And blood carries oxygen all over our body…

We definitely want as much oxygen as possible to get to our brains!

When presenting you want to feel your best to deliver the best possible presentation.

Make sure you have a jug of water and a glass within easy reach…

It’s easier (and quicker) to drink from a glass than from a bottle while presenting.

Just be you

Sounds simple, right?

But I realize it’s more challenging than it sounds.

But the truth is, no one else has the unique experience, talent and expertise that you do! 

Showing your authentic self will help your audience to relate to you, and separate you from a sea of competitors. 

They need to know, like and trust you…

So that when you tell them how to do what you did to achieve success, they’ll believe you.

Preparation & Delivery

Practice

The more you do something, the easier it gets…

So put in the practice at the start and it will only get better.

Jump at every opportunity to present and get yourself out there Gorgeous Woman…

You have it in you to help so many others with your Genius Zone.

Take Massive Imperfect Action every single day!

Learn from the best

No matter what field you’re in, there are so many greats that have done it before us…

So much knowledge and wisdom that we can draw from!

Watch presentations of people you admire and make notes on what you can learn from them…

Whether it’s their content, style, approach… or anything that catches your attention.

It’s not about copying what they do, but pinpointing the aspects that you like and putting your own stamp on it. 

You are one-of-a-kind Lovely…

And there’s no one who can do what you do, the way that you do it!

If you’ve got any questions or want more tips and tricks, then the Doers Way Facebook Group is where you can get fast-tracked expertise and support on tap. You can join the party here.

Be the early bird

It’s no fun rushing before a presentation – you want to be calm and collected. 

It’s better to start getting ready earlier, so you have plenty of time to look over your notes, drink water, breathe deeply, touch up your make-up… and for whatever pre-presentation rituals work for you.

Check the tech

It will make you feel more comfortable if you know where everything is and how everything works…

This is especially important when it comes to tech. 

Your lighting, your sound, your camera…

Make sure everything has been tested in the exact setup you’ll have on the day.

Pause for effect

I tend to talk way too fast… 

So fast that sometimes I forget to breathe and end up with hiccups!

You need to pause at regular intervals during your presentation…

It gives your audience a chance to think about what you’ve just said… 

And it’ll give you a chance to breathe, and think about what you’re going to say next. 

Make sure that you pace yourself and practice slowing down if you tend to speak fast like I do.

Keep it simple

How many times have you heard that less is more, or keep it simple? 

This is definitely true for presentations!

Don’t try to cram in as much information as you can into your presentation.

It will be too much for your audience to take in and you could lose their attention…

You want to emphasize a few key points and drive them home.

Summarize at the end and ask your audience to tell you what your key points were.

It’s a good way to get them to engage with you and to help them remember what you presented.

Review & Celebrate

Watch a recording

If you record your presentation, you can watch it back so see where you can improve. 

If you need some extra help to up your skills, watch presenters you like and emulate them. 

Like most things in life, the more you do it the easier it gets. 

The better you become at delivering your content, the better the experience for your audience, and the more they will love you. 

Reward yourself

Every time you show up, consider it a win. 

It’s another time you’ve shared your Genius Zone, another time that you’ve served your community and added value…

That’s reason to celebrate, don’t you think?

Even though you were nervous and afraid, you did it anyway…

Good going Wonderful Woman!

I love treating myself to a long, relaxing massage…

What’s your reward of choice?

Conclusion

I’m so thrilled that you’re taking action to improve your presentation skills…

I know you’ll get better each time you present!

You might even grow to love presenting like I do…

I see that “never in a million years” look you just gave me, but it’s ok…

I believe nothing is impossible for those who believe 😉

Keep presenting, keep improving, keep doing…

That’s how we roll here at The Doers Way.

xx

Grace

The Doers Way Facebook Group is where you’ll get fast-tracked expertise and support on tap. From client-getting strategies to automation, sales and tech… we’ve got you covered. You can join us here.

P.S. I’d love to know how you feel about presenting… love it, hate it… what scares you… what’s worked for you? Comment below and let me know.

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