What goes through your mind right before you have a big presentation? Are you nervous? Are you confident? Below, Olivia Mitchell outlines five ways to be BOLD in your presentations. This is the second of a two part series on being bold.
- Ask your audience to take action – What good is the information you are presenting if it does not have an impact. Suggest a way to use your information.
- Be provocative – suggest something that might challenge a pre-conceived idea.
- Imagine the friendliest audience – When I’m presenting, I tend to make more eye contact with someone who looks like they agree with you. Pretend they all do!
- Express the main point of your presentation in one succinct sentence – Just Do It. Everyone knows the company that coined this phrase. Why is it so powerful? It’s short, concise, easy to remember.
- Get rid of weasel words – Words like “I’d just like to” or “sort of” or “kind of”. Mitchell notes that these words weaken the power of your message.
These five steps will embolden your message when presenting. Try them.