Most vibrant, whip-smart professionals find it easy to make it through their daily corporate life. However, when it is time for a presentation, they often find themselves locked up, presenting in a way that is difficult to watch.
If you fall into the same category, you could use some help. Here are a few psychological hacks to public speaking that will allow you to deliver presentations that leave the impact:
We Read People Instantly
As soon as you step up on the stage or the front of the conference room, the audience is going to start sizing you up.
A confident body language and researched introduction can help you start on the right foot.
They subconsciously start taking your lead through the presentation and stay attentive throughout.
We Are Wired To Follow Leaders
When you are presenting, you have all the authority in the room. Therefore, the decisions you make next are vital so that you don’t lose their attention.
It is important that you stay in form from the start and take lead. Read about the 1960’s Stanley Milgram’s experiments that showed how it is almost impossible for people to oppose authority.
We Are Attentive To Vocal Tone
How you say something is as important as what you say. The greatest speakers across history have used this technique throughout history with variations in their volumes, articulation and modulation.
Professor Alex Pentland from MIT also wrote a book, Honest Signals in which he emphasized on the importance of using vocal tone to communicate effectively.
We Imitate Emotions
Passion and nervousness are two highly communicable emotions. Focus on what you would like people to feel during your presentation and then exhibit the emotion yourself. The emotions will be conveyed through your body language and vocal tone. There are special Mirror Neurons in our brains that allow us to literally experience what other people experience.
One last thing; reading slides never worked for everyone. Your audience is going to be more strongly affected by your words. There should be enough visuals to support your words but not so many that they interfere.
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