Have you ever thought about what will be the focus of a presentation in the future? Believe it or not, this mistake is made very often. There are so many things to present, and one needs to think only about the most important thing that what people want to know about. You need to start doing your research by asking friends and family if you can show them what you have planned or even consulting with a Licensed Psychologist or a Communication Skills Coach.
You got to ask yourself, “Do I want to make it happen?”
The one thing you have to ask yourself is: “Do I want to make it happen?” If you can answer yes, then the rest is easy. What is it that you want to make happen?
Think about how you can make it happen. Then just do it! But what if I told you that most of the time, what really stops people from making things happen isn’t a lack of resources—it’s a lack of motivation and focus.
When your mind wanders off into negative land, where all your insecurities live and breed, keep yourself focused on the positive outcome. There’s no point in entertaining thoughts about failure or anything else that might get in your way; all that kind of thinking does is distracts you from making progress toward achieving your goal.
Without making a decision, nothing gets done.
Decision-making is a process. The first step is to gather information. The second step is to weigh options. The third step is to make a choice. And the fourth step is to act on the decision you made. Without making a decision, nothing gets done!
Instead of focusing on fear and negative emotions, think about the positive outcome.
The next big thing in public speaking is this: understanding that all the fear you feel is normal and will never go away.
Instead of trying to battle and hide your fears, embrace them. Realize that everyone who has ever spoken in front of others has suffered from the same fears and anxieties.
Instead of focusing on these negative emotions, think about the positive outcome you’ll gain if you conquer your fear! Think about what would happen if you didn’t do it. Think about the worst-case scenario, and then think about how you would handle it should it happen.
Don’t worry about what others might say or think after your talk—chances are, they don’t care as much as you do!
What if you don’t do anything about your fear of public speaking?
No matter how you choose to approach your public speaking issue, there is one thing you can be sure of. You will get over it. And the sooner you do so, the better!
Last night I went to a dinner party for four people who were all working in my office building. But each of them had two hours to spare, and they needed an activity that would take all four of us to do together.
This conversation had me stumped until I remembered: I’m terrible at small talk and social interaction. In fact, I panic when it comes back to this sort of thing; as a result, I rarely go out with friends or family and instead stay at home by myself or with my boyfriend when we’re both working on projects together!
This realization was a weight lifted off my chest and gave me time to think about something else: the fear of public speaking. As if writing this in the first person wasn’t bad enough (see above), now it has a second person reference too!
What’s particularly interesting about this fear is that although many people associate public speaking with death itself—being buried alive—my fear is more akin to being in an elevator with someone who doesn’t speak your language (a literal translation here).
And that’s exactly what happens when we’re nervous about something like making a speech or giving a presentation on any topic at work or school. We become trapped in our own particular bubble and feel so much pressure from outside forces that we lose confidence entirely.
The universe doesn’t care about you unless you care about the universe first.
You are not being paid to speak.
That’s why you need to be the one who cares enough to change this world.
Because if you don’t care, who will?
The universe doesn’t care about you unless you care about the universe first. You’ll never see results or profitability until you say, “This is what I want.”
So decide now, on a Friday afternoon by yourself, when nobody is watching.
Write it down on paper. Put it up on your walls. Sing it in front of your mirror every morning for a week straight like some weirdo until everyone thinks there’s something wrong with you and then BOOM! The universe conspires to help you!
The universe will conspire to help you achieve your goals.
I am going to share what I think is the next big thing in public speaking. This is a guiding principle that has helped me succeed and I believe it can help you too:
You need to be specific about your goals.
“Be specific about your goals.”
Maybe this sounds obvious, but don’t skip over it. You need to be specific about your goals for two reasons: first, so you (and the universe) know exactly what you want. Second, being specific helps make sure that your goals are realistic and achievable.
So, if you want to become a famous speaker, specify how many people you want to speak with every year.
If you want to run a marathon, specify how far you are willing to run every day in order to prepare for this goal. Specify where and when it will happen (time and location).
Being as detailed as possible is important because the universe tends not only to conspire but also to conspire quickly if we are clear with our intentions.
Don’t worry about what others might say or think.
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Focus more on the process than on the final product.
It’s liberating to focus on the process of what you are doing, rather than the outcome. It takes a lot of pressure off and makes it easier for you to do your best. We all want our speeches to be successful, but if we focus too much on success then we can get in our own way.
When you focus more on the process than on the final product, you will:
- Perform better
- Create more in-the-moment opportunities for learning and progression
- Be at peace with any outcome because even if it doesn’t go perfectly – if it didn’t go according to plan – there are lessons to be learned
The most important thing is to focus on what’s in front of you.
Forget about the audience. And forget about what you’re going to say. The most important thing is to focus on what’s in front of you: who you are, why you’re there, and how your message can benefit those people in your audience.
Your goal here is to leave behind the logical thinking that keeps us stuck in a familiar pattern and instead tap into your emotional side, letting passion drive your message. To do this, practice answering the following questions:
What is my purpose in life? What is my mission? What am I trying to achieve? What is my vision for the future? What is the most important thing in my life?
Then use that knowledge to hone your speech so it incorporates that passion without relying on notes or PowerPoint slides or anything else prepared beforehand.
Do not bother writing out a script—in fact, don’t even think about scripting out your speech. Yes, practicing is necessary for mastery but when it comes down to it, all you really need are bullet points and keywords that will jog your memory when it comes time to deliver your presentation.
The next big thing in public speaking is being authentic and true to yourself.
“You’re right,” I said, and there was a small sense of relief in my voice. “I’m just not interested in doing that.”
It wasn’t the bad part of me talking. It was true, and it felt good to say it out loud. I knew exactly who I was, the reasons I’d been living this life for so long, and I knew what really made me tick. At first people had tried to prove me wrong; now they were starting to believe me.
I didn’t know how far my new approach would take me—or how much more there was for me to learn about myself—but at least now I had a starting point from which to go forward.
At last, after all these years of struggling with myself and trying not to let others see who I really was, here was someone else who thought the same way I did: Me.
I think what we can take away from this information is that public speaking will continue to be a big part of our future, especially as wearable technology and virtual reality become more common. As we move forward into the future, it appears that many big names in tech are looking to perfect this art.
It’s an exciting time for public speaking and presentations, which means that anybody who wants to jump into this profession has a lot of promise going forward.