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How to be confident for your next presentation

By David Lawrence |

During the recruitment process, through interviews, and at each stage of your career, presentations are likely to be things that either fill you with dread or joy. Some people genuinely enjoy the chance to stand up and wow those who are listening with a stellar presentation. For others, it can be something that can be terrifying - and may even limit your permanent career prospects. If you are one of the many people who could do with feeling more confident whilst giving presentations, here are the top three tips that may help:

1. Practice, practice, practice!

This seems like an obvious one, but you'd be surprised how many people think they can wing it, or think that once a presentation is written, the work is done until you need to actually present it. Wrong. Once you've planned what you're going to say, practice it over and over.

This can be done whilst getting ready in the morning, while cooking your food, even when going for a run! Simply practice in your head what you're going to say, when, and how. Repeat and repeat until it starts to feel like it's embedded within you. You'll be amazed at the difference this makes, and your confidence will shine through as a result.

2. Breathe. And keep breathing.

When we're tense, we tend to clam up, and stop breathing easily. This makes us physically feel tense, which then becomes a vicious circle, as we then start to feel tense about feeling tense! Instead, breathe. Before you start your presentation, take three long slow breaths. You'll instantly feel calmer.

Throughout your presentation, ensure you allow yourself time to pause between sentences and take a deep breath in these pauses. By keeping your breathing going like this, your body will relax, and your mind will follow!

3. Connect with your audience.

Remember, your presentation is not for you, or even about you. It's for your audience. If possible, build some rapport prior to your speech, to get them on side. If you're meeting your audience cold, ensure you smile, make plenty of eye contact, and ask if they have any questions. get your audience on your side and you'll have won half the battle!

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David Lawrence

Written by David Lawrence

David is the founder of Vine Resources.