I’m due to present at the CIPD conference on Thursday. I haven’t presented to such a large number before, so I’ve been doing some research on presenting. I’d like to share with you the 20 habits of truly brilliant presenters created by Citrix.
The brain and stage fright
It always starts with a thought:
- I’ll forget what I want to say
- The audience will be bored
- They will see I’m nervous
- They won’t like me, believe me or agree with me
- They will ask me questions I don’t know the answers to
The 20 Habits of Truly Brilliant Presenters
Habit 1: They acknowledge and reframe, it’s ok to be nervous, nerves are normal and it is a conversation
Habit 2: They focus on the audience
Habit 3: They don’t try to be perfect
Habit 4: They stick to the point
Habit 5: They see the opportunity, great presenters see the presentation as an opportunity to help their audience and add value to their personal or professional lives.
Habit 6: They anchor themselves, simply recalling a time you felt happy, confident, calm and relaxed
Habit 7: They practice
Habit 8: They tell stories
Habit 9: They use colourful, creative and compelling images
Habit 10: They involve their audience
Habit 11: They use videos and props
Habit 12: They use their voice by varying the pitch, tone, volume and pace.
Habit 13: They stay in the present. Sit back and focus your attention on your breath by feeling the sensation of each breath that you take in and the experience of letting each breath go.
Habit 14: They know how to make friends
Habit 15: They know what they’re talking about
Habit 16: They are consistent
Habit 17: They are generous. As a speaker, you have a wealth of gifts to share generously, your passion, energy, undivided attention, smile, eye contact etc.
Habit 18: They help them to see the contrast
Habit 19: They give them good reason
Habit 20: They give them hope
Wish me luck