You’ve developed the concept for your presentation, you have your design elements, now it’s time to stand and deliver.
If anxiety is welling inside you at the very thought of speaking publicly, take pause.
We’ve partnered with the highest-paid, most in-demand presenters in the country, and created a speaker coaching service for everyone: from those giving their first ever presentation, right through to seasoned performers who just want to smooth the edges.
Here’s what we can cover
How To Eliminate Anxiety
Have you ever travelled the countryside by rail and noticed the horses placidly eating by the fence line — not bothering to acknowledge you in any way? Then at the next crossing you see another horse, this one in obvious distress, held tightly by its owner as the train passes by. How can one horse remain so calm, while the other so spooked?
The answer: variance in exposure. This, too, is the key for eliminating your anxiety about speaking.
The Correct Way To Practice
Practice is key, there’s no way around it. The more practice, the more exposure, the more effective your presentation will be. There are, however, different modes of practice. In a perfect world, we’d have months to get you prepared. We would have you practicing in the same venue, under the same conditions, as your final presentation. But this is rarely feasible, so we’ve developed a unique rapid rehearsal method. What could essentially be thought of as a “theatre of the mind”.
How To Detach From Your Ego
Ego and self-consciousness are the root cause of one’s anxiety, butterflies, and nerves. Such consciousness of the self, though, is undue. Because it’s not you, who is all important here. For the purpose of delivery, self is secondary to subject.
When To Use Vocal Emphasis
The gun that scatters too much does not bag the bird. And so it is with emphasis of speech. The speaker who forces emphasis with excessive frequency will lose the crowd. Not every word carries the weight of significance. We can help discern what should be emphasised and what should not.
How To Avoid Monotony
Press the same key on a piano over and over again, in time you’ll come to appreciate how irksome monotony can be. It must be rated as one of the surest ways to lose an audience. You have in your voice tremendous range — there is no excuse to offend the ears of your listeners.
How To Be Authentic
Emerson wrote: “A painter told me that nobody could draw a child by studying the outlines of its form merely, but, by watching for a time his motions and plays, the painter enters into his nature, and can then draw him at will in every attitude.” The point here is that you must let yourself be enwrapped in your cause. It must be felt and believed by you, before you can expect the same from another.
Gesturing is to be felt, not forced. If you are connected with your subject and you are delivering your message from a place of authenticity, the appropriate gesture will very often reveal itself. That said, there is a time, place, and method one should be attuned to.
Correct Breathing Techniques
As a bullet with little powder behind it is weakened, so too a voice with little breath. The breathing techniques we’ll teach you will not only give you a more commanding, resonant voice, but will keep you relaxed throughout. Rather than tightness in the chest that many experience, you’ll feel light and free on stage.
Notes Or No?
Different presentations, settings, and audience, will govern whether you should: read from a manuscript, prepare notes and commit them to memory, or deliver an impromptu presentation.
How To Get Emotional Buy In
You can give the most well supported, logical argument, but if your presentation doesn’t connect at an emotional level, it will be lacking. You may as well just send a text document. The benefit of a live presentation is it allows for a rich human connection. If you want that raise, that promotion, that contract, that ovation, you’ve got to make your audience feel. It’s feeling that drives behaviour.
How To Tell A Story
We’re all hardwired to respond to stories. Stories have been the primary means of communication since the cave man days. One would think, then, that we would all be born storytellers. That’s just not the case, but it is a skill/art than can absolutely be learnt.
How To Make Them Laugh
Getting an audience to laugh is the closest thing you can have to a superpower on stage. Laughter draws down barriers, it brings people closer together, it instantly makes you likeable. If people find you likeable, they’re far more receptive to what it is you have to say. Like storytelling, humour (timing, pace, pausing, punch lines, matching the sensibilities of your audience) is another skill that can be learnt.
How To Persuade Others
Persuasion requires you to reframe the beliefs of your audience. Removing pieces from their mental foundations and replacing them with new ones. When you can show someone that what they once believed is no longer true, that’s powerful.
The Magic Of Revelation
You could stand on stage and just talk, but it’s far more riveting when you can show. Think back to the talks you’ve seen (either live, or online). It’s usually the ones with a cool example, or dramatic demonstration, or big reveal, that stick in our minds. It’s the presentations where something happens. We’ll can work with you to bring out that something for your next talk.
As you can see, there’s a lot one needs to consider when it comes to presentation delivery. Now, you have two choices: You can take this information and work away in isolation hoping things will come together. Or, you can be personally coached by some of Australia’s top presentation experts