Ah, confidence! The one thing many of us strive to have more of, especially if you’re talking about being a public speaker.
Confidence can be a tricky thing, too little of it and you may not reach your true potential, too much of it and you may end up looking cocky or arrogant.
While being a confident presenter can be helpful, it does not necessarily translate into having public speaking skills.
News Flash! Being a confident presenter doesn’t mean you’re a good presenter! You may be struggling mightily and not even know it thanks to that over inflated ego.
I can’t be any better…
If this is your thought process I’ll tell you right now you will never improve as a public speaker. The first step is to admit to yourself that there is always room for growth. I don’t personally know you but I guarantee you there is an area in your public speaking skills that can use a bit of work. I’m not telling you this to tear you down, on the contrary, I’m trying to build you up. So remember, you can do better!
I’m just too cool for school…
Not counting “trolls” I tend to have the belief that any type of feedback or criticism is positive. If people have gone out of their way to genuinely share their thoughts on your presentation then you need to take a minute and listen.
Why you ask? Because these nuggets of information are golden! It’s always a good idea to step out of your shoes and into another pair. An outside source, especially an audience member, can show you an angle of your presentation that you as the presenter would never be able to see.
I’m the king of winging it…
Look if you’re at a birthday party and the urge to give a toast was brewing inside of you I’d say “sure, why not! Go ahead and wing it!” But if you are about to give a presentation on a difficult subject matter to a room full of people then you need to prepare well ahead of time. You owe it to your audience and yourself to be properly prepared and have your presentation polished and ready to go. It’s just the professional thing to do.
And when I say properly prepared I’m not talking about practicing a few days before your presentations. Ideally, you’ll want to always be at the ready. This means practicing during your “off-season”. Don’t have an audience to practice on? No worries, stand in front of your mirror and give it a go or better yet set up a camera and film yourself. Being prepared is not just about the material, it’s also about timing, body language and so much more.
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