Write your script and prepare your slides carefully. Allow yourself plenty of time before the big day to ensure your content is both appealing and instructive for your audience. Always remember these elements:
Rehearse over and over again. Steve Jobs used to rehearse for hours and hours before a presentation, sometimes even walking around his house practicing out loud. Yet, he still managed to look totally natural when he got up to present on stage.
You can film yourself or stand in front of a mirror to check on the impact of your voice and body language. You can also practice in front of friends, family or colleagues who you can count on to give you positive and unbiased feedback.
Now that you’ve prepared and rehearsed your presentation, there’s one essential step left: have a positive mindset on the big day. Make sure you rest well the night before so that you have enough energy to present with conviction. Do some relaxation or meditation the evening before and ½ hour before getting up on stage. It’s essential to relax both your body and your mind.
To help you to give the best of yourself and to put the odds of success in your favor, I’m sharing with you my relaxation and confidence building recordings, in English and French. I intentionally made them short so that they’re easy and practical for you to listen to.
These tips are part of my public speaking programme and they’ll help you to enhance your communication skills.