Strategies to Help the Fear of Presenting
I know people hate presenting, to the point where it is one of the top 5 most feared things and often number ONE! There is a higher number of people afraid of public speaking then afraid of heights, and I don’t know about you, but there seems to be a lot more danger from the roof a building than the front of a conference room.
I get it, I truly do, but learning how to present the right way will not only increase your impact with your audience but also help decrease that fear.
I remember when I was young, about 12 or 13, I had a friend name Ziggy, he had a house on a large lake in my town. He and his brother would always jump off this rock into the lake. I was a wimp at the time (still am) and never wanted to jump. The longer I stood atop that rock without jumping the more nervous I got. Then one day Ziggy showed me exactly how to jump off the rock, to push off, always land feet first and swim to the left once I landed. Then, due to peer pressure, and some additional comfort on how to do it and not die, I decided to jump in.
While I was excited that I did it, and made it out alive, I really didn’t want to do it again, but I did. Each time I felt better and better about doing it and had less fear.
Presenting can be the same way, we are told to just jump, no directions or guidance, but once you have the directions, and jump a few times, you will get better and better at it. You may never love it, and you don’t need too, but you do need to do it and do it well to leave a lasting impact
Let’s look at some of the times we may need to present ourselves….
- Business Cases proposals to executives for product investments
- Cross-Functional Team Meetings
- Training of Sales…or Operations
- Selling an idea to your Boss
- Selling an idea to your team
- Convincing and persuading a large team to follow you