Had a bad experience as a presenter? It’s time for a good one.

Not only is it common for people to have bad experiences presenting, bad presentations happen to all of us, even the best speakers. (By the way, most of us who speak a lot have learned our craft after bad experiences.)  After one of these experiences is a perfect time to get in front of a neutral observer to rebuild your presentation energy.

Whatever you do, don’t let the bad experience spook you from getting up in the front of the room again. You may have a bit of anxiety, but remember your motivation. Presenting to groups is the #1 business building activity – you don’t want to fear them (read more here.) You get immediate visibility with your community/audience. The better your message/delivery, the faster your credibility grows. And presenting is the most direct form of business development whether from speaking to prospects who are motivated to use you or from addressing your network who see the reason to refer you.

We’ve all done it – missed the mark with audience relevance, overshot the content, strayed from the focus or just had a lifeless delivery. If we suck it up alone, we don’t get past the experience which means we move into the next talk with guardedness. But if we choose to rebuild by getting in front of someone who is willing to constructively feedback what we need, we learn the pro’s and con’s of the message, our personal delivery strengths and what we can rely on as we prepare to once again take the platform and make it a good experience.


Rebuilding Tips:

1. Do so as quickly after your presentation as possible. Your goal is to keep the material fresh, to recall the essence of the good and to reconnect with the motivation to present again. And if you haven’t spoken in awhile and just feel squeamish getting back in front of folks, read this.

2. Get in front of at least 1 if not more trusted presentation experts. Let them build you up with what you have going well for yourself. They will address content, delivery, style and special qualities. They will not only give you advice on any quirks and content or delivery issues but also what you don’t realize about your impact. If it’s kept up to the voice in our head, we forget our value. We must manage the voice in our head. (see post)

3. Take note of 1 or 2 key areas to improve in. Listen to all the feedback, categorize according to skill and determine which area you most want to address. Name the areas you will focus on and how.

4. Keep practicing aloud, on your feet, even when alone. This allows you to feel the flow of your message when you are in movement and when you are firm. You get used to the rhythm, to the specific wording of your introduction and conclusion and create a mental memory of where your message is going and what needs to be emphasized.

5. On presentation day, recall the pleased looks on those giving you constructive advise and see yourself ready, focused and prepared. Shifting our past experience to a present one is the driving force of rebuilding.

You have the opportunity, over the next few months, to pitch your power and break down barriers between you and some great public speaking experiences. Reach out to me for presentation coaching support in the next 3 days.




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