Did you know confident presenters are 15 per cent more likely to be promoted, and earn 10 per cent more, than nervous speakers. And seven out of 10 people say they are judged on their public speaking and presenting skills.
All that is bad news if you are one of the 75 per cent of the population who dislike speaking in public.
In one survey, 1 in 5 people asked to give a business presentation said they’d call in sick or or get a colleague to cover for them – even if it meant losing respect in the workplace. Losing respect among colleagues is one problem. Loss of self-esteem is another. “What’s wrong with me?” is a question we often hear from our clients. Why do smart, articulate people turn into nervous wrecks in front of an audience?
The answer is, nothing is wrong with you. Chances are you are struggling because your body is doing what you body was designed to do: protect you from a threat. Faced with a threat our bodies go into fight or flight mode. Adrenaline starts pumping. The heart rate goes up. That’s great if you want to run away. But if you have to stand and face an audience, you start to sweat. Your skin flushes. Your throat feels tight. That’s not a great way to start your presentation. In fact you are at your worst in those first critical 30 seconds when your audience is deciding whether to pay attention to you – or check their text messages.
If you want to get on, and realize your full potential, you need to find a way to take the stress out of presentations.
That’s why we created an online training program we’re calling Presentations Masterclass. Eighteen short video lessons and a 100+ page e-book are just part of the package.
It’s everything you need to take the stress out of speaking and presenting. And it will set you on the path to fulfilling your potential as a leader and communicator.
We’ve launched a new website just to help those people who want to upgrade their speaking and presenting skills through an online program. If you want to know more – or just to see some neat videos about presentation skills – we’d love to see you over at www.presentationsmasterclass.com
Halina St James takes the worry out of presentations with her Present Like a Pro video training course. It’s available now from the Podium Coaching online store, together with her popular TalkitOut: From Fears to Cheers e-book and workbook.