Writing and talking are two completely different skills.
When you feel nervous about presenting, you may want to make yourself feel better by writing out everything you’re going to say.
Sounds like a good idea, I know. Unfortunately, it’s not.
The main reason is because the way we talk is very different from the way we write.
Writing is tidy, tight and has perfect pronunciation.
Talking can be messy, lengthy, filled with “um’s and let me see’s”.
That’s one reason why a screenwriter rarely writes dialogue that’s “actual” dialogue. They write dialogue that the character would say if they knew exactly what they wanted to say.
When I coach clients on how to present, I can always tell those that have written out everything they want to say word for word because they immediately begin to stumble. They lose their place. The passion is sucked out.
I understand this because I did it myself for many years.
Having your presentation written out feels comforting. The thinking is, “if I lose my train of thought, I can just go back to what I’ve written.”
It sounds good in theory. However, the reality is very different. If you go off “script” you’ll never find your place again. Then the nerves can kick in, the adrenaline will flow and brain fog will set in.
What to do?
I know you want your presentation, video or podcast to be tight, on-point and fluid.
Here are some suggestions that will keep you on track, focused AND passionate.
If you’re giving a long talk, 30 to 60 minutes. Break the steps down into 15 minute increments. Once complete, you can practice your presentation once or twice all the way through. Then break the practice down into 15 minute intervals.
Practicing from an outline will help you stay on point while speaking naturally.
You’ve got this! Eva
Eva Lewandowski MBA, is public speaking coach, that specializes in helping clients overcome stage fright. She is a certified Life Coach, certified EFT Practitioner, seminar leader, speaker and co-host of a weekly internet radio show “Corporate Talk with Charlie and Eva”. She is also a 30 year veteran of Corporate America as an IT consultant. Using the skills she learned in acting classes, life coaching and EFT certification training as well as her own struggle with debilitating stage fright, she created, Stand Up and Be Heard! Public Speaking for Private Professionals, an online, interactive course that teaches professionals how to overcome their fear of the spotlight. She is also the author of “Put on Your Phone Face: Tips and Techniques for teleconferences and conference calls”.
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