Two Strategies for Reducing Anxiety and Using Time to Your Advantage
By Allan Misch
Master the following presentation skills and you will increase substantially your odds of giving successful presentations.
Strategy #1: Speak with Your Mouth and Your Eyes
When speaking, the more sensory channels you use, the more effective you’ll be at reaching your audience. So don’t speak with just your mouth. Use your body and most importantly, use your eyes. Your eyes are incredibly powerful at communicating.
Anxious speakers tend to look away from their audiences. However, looking at and connecting with individuals in your audience has a calming effect — calming on your audience and on yourself. Using your eyes to connect with your audience is one of the most important presentation skills to master.
So speak to one person at a time. Look directly at that person for five to seven seconds. Often, the person will smile at you. Smile back. Then, look at another person for five to seven seconds. Keep repeating this process.
Soon, your nervousness, performance anxiety, and stage fright should begin to dissipate. That’s what happens when you speak with your mouth and with your eyes.
Strategy #2: Heed the Most Important Factor When You Present
Time. Make it your friend. Be on time for your presentation, and stay on time during your presentation. When you go overtime, you show lack of respect for your audience’s time and other speakers on a multi-speaker program.
If your presentation is outstanding but you run over your time limit, that’s what your audience and meeting planner will remember. If your presentation bombs but you end on time, your audience and meeting planner will appreciate that you didn’t cause the program to run behind schedule.
So how do you ensure that your program stays on time? Practice and time yourself. Your recorded practice session should take 20% less time than you’re allotted. So if you’re to speak for 30 minutes, your practice presentation should be no longer than 24 minutes.
Time can be your enemy if you exceed your limit. It can be your ally if you stay within your limit. Make time your friend.
We are excited about an event we want to share with you this month. It reminds us of the time our families vacationed at the shore in Ocean City, Maryland.
One rainy evening we went to the movies. A tall guy about 7′, maybe taller, was standing in front of Allan Kaufman. Allan is short, about 5’3″.
Allan was eyeing this guy up and down. Finally, Allan said to him, “Excuse me, do you play BASKETBALL?”
The guy looked down at Allan and said, “No. Do you play MINIATURE GOLF?”
So what does this event at Ocean City and this month’s event have in common? Basketball! This month is “March Madness.”
March Madness is the single-elimination tournament held each spring, mostly in March, in the United States. It features 68 NCAA college basketball teams, to determine the national championship in the top tier of college basketball.
But this is not the event we are excited to share with you. In honor of NCAA’s March Madness, we want to share with you “Allan and Allan’s March Madness.”
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