|Posted by Nathalie Brewer on July 7, 2011 at 7:18 AM|
All eyes are on you when you are standing in front of everyone. You COULD think that they are there to judge you. In fact, that is a misconception that will not serve you. The truth is your audience WANTS you to do well! They have dedicated a portion of their day to hear you speak...of course they want you to succeed because if you succeed so do they! Remember…
1. They are there to hear what you have to say. YOU! Not something they could have read online or in a book. They want to hear about your unique approach with your unique flavour!
2. In almost every presentation, there's a strong chance that someone in the room really likes you and is silently cheering you on. You will quickly be able to see who they are (they are the one with a particular shinyness to them). Allow yourself to go into a feed-back loop with them. Look to them for warm affirmations which they are so willing to give. I see these people as occupying a ‘warm spot’ in the audience (there are also ‘cold spots’ but more about that later).
3. You are not there to teach anyone...ever! It is not your job to be the expertand to ‘know it all’. Approach your audience with a respectful belief that they already know (even if only intuitively) Your job is to re-frame their knowing...to bring it out and allow them to experience their inner knowing in a different way.
4. Give yourself permission to breath. Take pauses. Make mistakes. Smile. The more human you are, the more you give your audience permission to be the same!
Remember...your audience is not a group! It ismade up of individuals who are all unique in the way they listen and contribute to hearing you speak. Let yourself believe that they are open, receptive and willing to hear.