Before I became who I am today, I used to be such a shy person. I did not know how I could properly talk to people, even if my life depended on it. I knew I lacked presentation skills which is why I never stood in front of a crowd. But when I was given a job that required me to stand in front of an audience, I was able to go through training and this surely improved me a lot.
Needless to say, my confidence has largely improved over the years. I can now talk to people without worrying whether they will eat me alive or not. Through the presentation training I went through, I got to improve as an individual. At work, I got to learn how I could give powerful presentations without screwing up. This was the best benefit I got from taking training for presentation.
So why do you need to get presentation skills? This is because it is an important skill that will largely be beneficial to you. You will find that this skill will help you not only with your work but also with your personal relationships. You see, I learned that with proper presentation, you can get anything you want. I learned how I could present myself more properly to other people. As a result, I have been able to meet different people from all walks of life.
Do you know that the good presenters were not born with the skill? They got their presentation skills from practicing. The truth is, all of us have been born the same way. We all have zero skills on presentation. But through the years, it is our character and our experiences that mold us to improve our skill. There are also some people who have chosen the easy way in molding the skill by enrolling themselves in a presentation training course.
Whether you choose to enroll in a training course or just do it on your own, you will need some tips on how you can improve your presentation skills. Here are some of the tips that I have shared with people for several years:
Visualization – Before you present something, you have to imagine yourself in a very happy time of your life. With your eyes closed, remember how that feeling made you feel and how it resulted. Do this before you present something and you will be sure to do great in it!
Breathing – Just like visualization, you will need to relax and release a breath of air before speaking to a crowd. While you are presenting, concentrate on your breathing. This will help you avoid becoming tense with the situation.
Practice – as with any skill, make sure you practice. In doing so, you can improve you presentation skills in no time!
Blanche Lyles is a professor of Business Administration in one of Singapore’s prestigious universities. She is most sought-after for her unique presentation training that has helped many businesswomen in Singapore.