Big presentations are always nerve wracking.
No matter how experienced you are, you can’t fully control the nervous apprehension you feel before you step on stage.
So, what are some of the simple things you can do to conquer your anxiety?
Here is an interesting article from Business Insider you may want to go through:
15 things you should do in the 15 minutes before a big presentation – Business Insider Darlene Price, president, of Well Said, Inc. and author of “Well Said! Presentations and Conversations That Get Results,” tells that instead of trying to lose the butterflies, you should aim to leverage them. ”
Simple and practical advice like talk positively to yourself, use the restroom, check yourself out in the mirror etc. are worth having as a checklist to refer to, each time you need to make a big presentation.
However, the one thing that the author doesn’t touch upon, but which can make a serious difference to your confidence level on stage is – the quality of your slide deck.
Think about this…
You wear the best possible suit for the big event, to make a strong first impression on your audience. You check and recheck all the equipment to avoid any possible technical glitch during your presentation. You charge yourself up to come across as friendly and confident presenter.
But, if the slides you project on screen look like this…
All your effort goes down the drain. Realize that…
The quality of your slides reflects the quality of your brand promise.
When your slides are clear and compelling, your audience engages with your message better. When there is better audience engagement, you feel a surge in your confidence. Soon, the confidence reflects in your body language. This in turn spurs better audience reaction. You feel motivated to present even better and the positive spiral continues.
Just imagine how you would feel on stage standing next to clean and professional looking slides like this…
Source: PowerPoint Templates CEO 1 Pack
That is why never underestimate the power of professional looking slides in making your big presentation a massive success.
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So, go ahead and be prepared to make your next big business presentation event a grand success.
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