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Learn to overcome presentation jitters

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Presentations are an integral part of the corporate world. Unfortunately, many of us get butterflies in the stomach, have weak knees or sweaty palms when we get up to make that crucial presentation.

Most of us are well-versed in our area of operation, and the very fact that we are facing an audience to make a presentation is an indication of our caliber. Unfortunately, due to an inherent fear of public speaking, we make a mess of the process.

Over the years, I have realized that there is no single strategy for calming down and relaxing before a presentation. What generally works is taking a few deep breaths and getting a good look at the audience before you open your mouth to make the presentation. When one looks at the audience, one gets the required confidence.

It is very important to be well-prepared when one has to make a presentation. Remember, the audience is there to take something out of your presentation, and unless you are prepared, you will not be able to make an impact; and when you know that you are not prepared, you will not have the required confidence.

The right preparation happens when we have a clear understanding regarding the objective of the presentation and the expectations of the audience. Research forms a core part of the presentation. Thorough research followed by analyzing the data gathered helps to make a crisp presentation. It is also important to master your thought process since it will be reflected in your words.

Remember to focus on the audience. Do not focus on yourself. Focus on the content and the audience to whom the presentation is being delivered. In that manner, you will be able to better reach out to them. You should also rehearse your presentation by saying it aloud days before and make needed improvements so you come prepared on the day you go up the stage.

Handy Hints:

• Take a few deep breaths and get a good look of the audience

• Make sure you are well-prepared so you feel more confident

• Focus on the content and your audience during delivery

Source: C. Sunil Roy, Special to Jobs & Careers

The writer is Senior Manager, Publilink