Say Goodbye to Presentation Jitters
Remember giving presentations in school? I do. I would stand in front of a poster board decorated with too much glitter, flash cards in hand, a race through my material, hoping my teacher, and classmates, would not be too judgmental.
Not much has changed, except now I give presentations in front of my co-workers, mangers, and assorted higher-ups. And I am not hoping for a good grade anymore, instead I'm crossing my fingers that this presentation brings me a promotion, or that my project receives the green light.
No matter how cool and collected you are, giving a presentation can still be stress-inducing. For some, this means more than a few butterflies. The fear of public speaking, or glossophobia, is a form of social anxiety and is more common than you might think. The National Social Anxiety Center estimated in 2017 that glossophobia affects around 73% of the population. So if the idea of standing up in front of a group and speaking fills you with dread, you’re not alone.
Here are Bundle’s top tips to make it as painless as possible:
Keep it visual
When creating your presentation, remember humans are visual learners. No one wants to read a text-heavy PowerPoint slide. To keep your audience engaged, use the 10/20/30 rule. No presentation should be longer than 10 slides, longer than 20 minutes, or use fonts smaller than a 30 point size.
Preparation is key
Prepping for your presentation goes beyond knowing your material and making some aesthetically pleasing slides. With Bundle, you can schedule an Effective Communication session with a trained communication coach, who can help make sure you get your point across to your audience. You can also book a Coaching session to make sure your presentation is helping you reach your career goals.
Take a breath (or two or three)
Deep breathing before a stressful situation is proven to lower your heart rate and leave you with a level of peace and calmness. Take a few moments before your presentation to focus on your breathing and take deep breaths. You can also book a mindfulness class with Bundle to learn helpful de-stressing techniques.
Giving a presentation is scary. There’s no denying that. Scheduling a Bundle Professional Development or Health and Wellness session can help you feel more prepared. Contact us today to see how we can help.