Presentation Skills Training for New and Fearful Speakers
If you’re new to presenting, it can be scary. It doesn’t have to be that way, and your fears will subside over time with practice. Although public speaking is America’s top social fear, studies show that you can dramatically decrease your stage fright with preparation. Preparation and practice are key. However, you do not want to be scripted.
The goods news is that your audience is rooting for your success. They want to hear your thoughts and they want to learn from you. Even if your presentation delivery skills is not finely tuned like a TV show host, you’ll do fine if you have the right strategies, game plan, and preparation. A poor message delivered incredibly well is still a bad presentation. Conversely, a good message fairly delivered is a good presentation and something to be proud of when done. With the latter, your audience will walk away with valuable insight that only you could give them, and you’ll be one step closer to becoming a great presented.
I can walk you through the steps to properly prepare and how to overcome your fears. Download my guide on six strategies to overcome your fear of presentations.
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