Maybe you are preparing for a teleclass, video, webinar, radio show, meeting or live event and you are nervous about your speaking skills: well, I’ll let you in on a speaking secret – presenting with perfection is highly overrated! That’s right. Most people aren’t interested in the smoothness of your delivery or your polished performance. What they really want is for you to share valuable information and to connect with them on an emotional level.
Few people can relate to someone who is elegant, refined and seems to have it totally together. In actuality, most of us might even be somewhat suspicious of them – on guard about being swindled. We relate more with someone who is vulnerable, real and has a genuine interest in us.
Perfection in presenting may be highly overrated but here are some important points to make any presentation well received:
- Know your audience. What do they need to know to solve their problem? Why have they come to your teleclass, webinar or workshop? Why are they watching your video? What are they hoping to get from you podcast? Remember, this isn’t about YOU, it’s about your audience! What do they need that you can help them with?
- Be real and vulnerable. Don’t tell too many details or air your dirty laundry but let them know how you have learned from an experience, that you understand hurt and disappointment and that you laugh at the crazy things you do too!
- Share stories and examples. We learn through others! Your points come alive by sharing stories from your personal experience, movie scenes they can relate to, case studies that are intriguing and facts that bring an “A-ha!” to the problem and solution. When you share stories and examples you seem more real because that’s how people have conversation with one another – they share stories and examples!
- Be prepared. Maybe presenting with perfection is highly overrated but being prepared is not. Do your research. Use an effective model to put your teleclass, webinar, video, presentation or podcast together. Practice it. Know your material. Become the expert and let it shine through in your passion, not perfection.
- Provide the right amount of content. One of the most difficult things about presenting is offering what they need without being overwhelming. You know a lot but don’t clutter your teaching with too many details. Let your stories and examples do the teaching for you.
Enjoy one of the new formats for getting your message out there! Try creating a video! Invite people to your teleclass. Create an experiential workshop. Initiate your own podcast. Look for opportunities to speak at live events. You have an important message the world needs. Remember that presenting with perfection is overrated but know your audience, connect through being real, prepare well, teach through stories and don’t share everything you know at once!
Please share in the comments something that you have learned that makes you better as a presenter.