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Knobull Helps You Overcome The Fear Of Presenting

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Amzeal -- Lynn Bentley, President of Knobull announced, "It's inevitable that at some point in our careers, we will find ourselves facing the average person's number one fear!."

According to LinkedIn's "2023 Most In-Demand Skills", "communication" was high on the list and held second place, preceded only by "management." Build this skill and many others with a tap of edX on the Knobull homepage.

Perspective first

You are most likely scared because the sea of eyes gazing solely in your direction is nerve-wracking.

The most important thing to remember is that your audience—regardless of their level—is just as human as you are.

Master your topic

Become an expert at your topic. Know it inside out, from every possible angle. Consider worst case scenario questions that could be asked of you after your talk, speech, or presentation is over. Think in advance of your audience so  you will be a step ahead.

Organize your talk

There's nothing worse than waiting until the last minute before you start cramming in what should have been hours of preparation. It may work if you open your presentation with a brief humorous incident that relates to your topic. Organize the layout and skeleton of your talk beforehand:
  • Tell them what you're going to tell them
  • Tell them
  • Then, tell them what you've told them

The Rule of Three

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The historic Rule of Three used by orators and professional speakers, ensures that you and your speech are memorable, while keeping your talk concise.

Use bullet points

You may find it useful to write out a talk word for word, the problem lies in either memorizing it as it has been written out or reading it direct from the paper.

Use bullet points that include short phrases that merely allude to what you need to say, serving as a trigger reminder.

Lock in with your audience individually

Speak to individuals, not the room. Have you caught yourself speaking to a sea of faces and feeling helplessly overpowered as a result? For every phrase or sentence, lock eyes with an individual. Then move on to the next person.

Relax your body

According to a award-winning presentation design agency, exercise greatly improves your ability to focus, boosts your mood, controls your blood pressure, and regulates your anxiety. Getting help from Knobull's career coach JobStars can help.

Bentley concluded, "Your strongest fear doesn't need to be an overpowering, crippling force. When you accept yourself as you are, are confident in your voice and your angle to the topic you are presenting, and take time to really resonate with your audience, you will find your nerves significantly reduced."

Source: Knobull

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