To speak with authority, connect with an audience, and create an impact, you’ll need to appear confident. Confidence demands attention.
Try to recall a time when you were in a group situation. See if you remember if one person stood out to you more than all the others. This happens quite often.
A person stands out to you when they project confidence. You will automatically pay more attention to confident people because you perceive them as smarter, more engaging, and more worthwhile to listen to.
When I talk about projecting confidence during a presentation, here’s what I mean:
- Controlling your nerves
- Appearing calm and collected
- Having an engaging tone of voice
- Conveying a clear message
Here’s how you can project confidence during your next presentation:
It is scientifically proven that you can trick your body into relaxing by controlling your breathing pattern. Try taking some deep, slow breaths through your nose. This technique will slow your heartbeat and signal your body that it’s time to focus, not to freak out.
Never undervalue the importance of pausing. When you’re up there in front of a large group of people, you may get nervous. Your mind could go blank and, yes, you could very well lose your train of thought. That’s okay! Don’t beat yourself up about it, it happens to the best of us. My top tip is to take a deep breath and pause while you collect yourself. An audience will take much more kindly to a short pause than the ums, ahs, and uhs that may result if you let yourself get caught up in your nerves.
3. Visualize your success
The night before you present, stand in front of your mirror and go through your entire speech from start to finish. Make sure that your body language is up to par, your tone is engaging, and you have a clear structure to your talk. Then, on the day of your presentation, visualize yourself speaking in front of the audience. Picture them nodding along with your points, listening intently, and congratulating you on your success when you’re finished. The more you visualize, the closer you get to actually making it happen!
4. Be present
When you’re presenting, try not to think too far ahead of the point you’re currently on. This is one of the most common ways to get distracted. The result: your mind could go blank, you’ll trail off, and you’ll get yourself worked up. Instead, keep focused on what you’re saying. Finish a sentence conclusively before moving on to the next one.
What is your biggest fear when presenting? Let me know in the comments section and I’ll give you some techniques to conquer it!