I was talking with a client today to help them prepare for an upcoming talk at a conference and thought I’d share some of the tips we discussed:
- Know that you’ll be nervous the first 5 – 10 minutes and accept that rather than fight it; keep your focus on what you’re saying, not your nerves, and you’ll calm down
- Wear clothing that you feel both confident and comfortable in that is appropriate to the setting and occasion
- Know your audience, what is relevant to them, and what you want to convey
- Prepare content, timing, and examples but be light on your feet and in the moment
- Share stories. They stick.
- Be aware that when we’re nervous we tend to talk faster. Slow down.
- If a question comes to you that isn’t your expertise, pivot to what is
- Know that research indicates that both fear and inspiration move people; choose which you want to transmit
- Show up real. It’s less work than the other way and more effective.
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