The top two thingsthat give us confidence when speaking is knowing that:
1.We have more knowledge about the subject than our audience.
2.Our audience will be impressed with what we know.
Ironically, the two primary thoughts that give us confidence are actually what make us the most nervous when presenting to audiences. They make us feel as though the audience is evaluating us.
The first thing I want you to do is to picture yourself speaking to the group over a cup of coffee. Don’t try to impress. Don’t try to dazzle them with your knowledge. Instead just try to be there and think about adding value to the group.
The next thing you can do is make sure that you make eye contact with each individual in the group. Start eye contact with the person you feel is the most warm and receptive. Don’t try to skim over people’s heads, and don’t try to do tricks like picturing your audience in their underwear. Some audiences you absolutely don’t want to picture in their underwear!
Once you relax and think of it more as a conversation with a “presentation,” you will find you will stop looking for validation from your audience and instead enjoy your audience.
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