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Doing These 9 Things Right Before Big Presentations Will Make You A Great Public Speaker

Doing These 9 Things Right Before Big Presentations Will Make You A Great Public Speaker

Everyone has experienced that nervousness when they are faced with delivering a spectacular presentation. The most peculiar thing is that the rush always seems to come just minutes before the big moment. For even seasoned speakers, making a presentation before an audience still causes some tension and unease. What’s important is not whether the anxiety shows up, but how you actually handle such anxiety and battle the fright, yet come out bold and successful.

Courage is not an absence of fear, rather it is how you manage that fear and come out with confidence. Here are some things you should try before a big presentation in order to manage your anxiety. For more tips, check out this article from Business Insider.

1. Be on time

It is best to get into the right mood for a presentation by being at the venue on time. Being on time allows you to meet with your audience, psych yourself up, and test the electronic gadgets for the presentation. All these contribute to the right attitude that will help you excel with your presentation.

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2. Meet your audience

Don’t stick to the old rule of being a speaker only. Learn to mingle and socialize. This skill will help you to be more relaxed and ease tension between you and your audience. It also proves to the audience that you are friendly and amiable.

3. Be prepared

Whether you like it or not, preparation is key to making a powerful presentation. But it goes beyond that — being comfortable with your location and your meeting room is helpful when passing along your message to your audience. Get to know the environment, the seating arrangement, lighting, microphone, and whatever other equipment is involved.

4. Visualize your success

Be positive. See the eventuality of the success of your presentation. Practice the first minute in your mind. Think of the witty line that you plan to use to grab the attention of your audience. By visualizing your success beforehand, you build yourself up to realizing the success of your presentation.

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5. Pump yourself up

Go to the restroom. Take several deep breaths to maximize the amount of oxygen that gets into your lungs and drink some water. Even some light exercise or stretching will do you some good before you start that presentation by sending more oxygen to your brain. All these activities will get you more relaxed and settled before the presentation begins.

6. Smile

Smiling shows you are cheerful and appealing. It relaxes your body and assures your audience that you are glad to see them. By not betraying your confidence with a stern face, you are not only creating a pleasant attitude — you are also creating a less tense atmosphere.

7. Speak positively to yourself

Talking positively psychs you up to solidify your confidence and self-esteem. Use affirmations like, “I am a great speaker,” and “I am going to deliver a mind-blowing presentation.” Usually such affirmations become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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8. Understand that you are there to give

In the truest sense, you are making a presentation because you have something relevant to say. Your presentation is a gift to your audience. This should generate a feeling of enthusiasm, joy, and preparedness — not one of nervousness.

9. Take a standing position before speaking

Sitting before you are called to speak makes you dull and inactive. Be active by standing or pacing within a small space. Standing gives you the energy and mental alertness ahead of time. It allows every part of the body to get in tune with making your presentation.

Taking advantage of the few minutes before your presentation by getting active and doing the above things will be beneficial to helping you deliver a good speech.
 

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Last Updated on March 5, 2021

Science Says People Who Talk To Themselves Are Geniuses

Science Says People Who Talk To Themselves Are Geniuses

I talk a lot to myself. It helps me to keep my concentration on the activity on hand, makes me focus more on my studies, and gives me some pretty brilliant ideas while chattering to myself; more importantly, I produce better works. For example, right now, as I am typing, I am constantly mumbling to myself. Do you talk to yourself? Don’t get embarrassed admitting it because science has discovered that those who talk to themselves are actually geniuses… and not crazy!

Research Background

Psychologist-researcher Gary Lupyan conducted an experiment where 20 volunteers were shown objects, in a supermarket, and were asked to remember them. Half of them were told to repeat the objects, for example, banana, and the other half remained silent. In the end, the result shown that self-directed speech aided people to find the objects faster, by 50 to 100 milliseconds, compared to the silent ones.

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“I’ll often mutter to myself when searching for something in the refrigerator or the supermarket shelves,” said Gary Lupyan.

This personal experience actually made him conduct this experiment. Lupyan, together with another psychologist, Daniel Swigley, came up with the outcomes that those to talk to oneself are geniuses. Here are the reasons:

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It stimulates your memory

When you are talking to yourself, your sensory mechanism gets activated. It gets easier on your memory since you can visualize the word, and you can act accordingly.[1]

It helps stay focused

When you are saying it loud, you stay focused on your task,[2] and it helps you recognise that stuff immediately. Of course, this only helps if you know what the object you are searching looks like. For example, a banana is yellow in colour, and you know how a banana looks like. So when you are saying it loud, your brain immediately pictures the image on your mind. But if you don’t know what banana looks like, then there is no effect of saying it loud.

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It helps you clarify your thoughts

Every one of us tends to have various types of thoughts. Most make sense, while the others don’t. Suppose you are furious at someone and you feel like killing that person. Now for this issue you won’t run to a therapist, will you? No, what you do is lock yourself in a room and mutter to yourself. You are letting go off the anger by talking to yourself, the pros and cons of killing that person, and eventually you calm down. This is a silly thought that you have and are unable to share it with any other person. Psychologist Linda Sapadin said,[3]

“It helps you clarify your thoughts, tend to what’s important and firm up any decisions you are contemplating.”

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