Communicating your ideas clearly and presenting them openly in a public can sound scary to many people. Sometimes there are something that stands between you and your audiences which is FEAR. The fear of public speaking is one of the biggest fears that many people are experiencing. It is also known as ‘Glossophobia’. Nevertheless, the fear of public speaking is very common, and you are not the only one!

While some people experience a debilitating form of ‘Glossophobia’, even a mild form can have devastating effects. Fear of public speaking can prevent you from taking risks to share your ideas, to speak about your work, and to present your solutions to problems that affect many people. It can affect how much you grow personally and professionally, and how much impact you can have. In order to overcome Glossophobia, you need to find the roots to your fear. What are afraid of?

How to Be a Confident and Engaging Speaker?

Becoming a competent, rather than just confident, speaker requires a lot of practice. Here are a few tips you can consider to sharpening your presentation skills:

  • 10-20-30 Rule

So, what is 10-20-30 Rule? This is a slideshow rule by Guy Kawasaki. To have an engaging and powerful presentation, we must have no longer than 10 PowerPoint slides. It should last no more than 20 minutes and it should have no text less than 30-point font. It will show a clear focus on your presentation and it can engage your audiences better.

  • Be entertaining and fun

Come on, it is not about dancing in front of the audiences! Adding in some humour in your presentation can attract your audiences’ attention. However, the presentation should still be in appropriate context as it will affect your own reputation as well as your company’s image.

  • Slow down and make eye contact

As much as you are rushing to complete the presentation, you must not speak too fast. You need to always remember that by speaking slow, you can bring your ideas across clearly – Your audiences can then understand you better! Beside speaking slow, you need to make eye contact with the audiences as well.

  • Project your voice

Do not mumble to yourself! Speak up and let the audiences hear you. Projecting your voice doesn’t mean yelling, rather standing up straight and letting your voice resonate on the air in your lungs rather than in the throat to produce a clearer sound.

  • Do not plan gestures

Any gestures you use need to be an extension of your message and any emotions that message conveys. Planned gestures look false because they don’t match your other involuntary body cues. You are better off keeping your hands to your side.

  • Do not apologise

Apologies are only useful if you’ve done something wrong. Don’t use them to excuse incompetence or humble yourself in front of an audience. Don’t apologize for your nervousness or a lack of preparation time. Most audience members can’t detect your anxiety, so don’t draw attention to it.

The Power of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) 

In Aventis, we collaborate the use of Neuro-linguistic programming in enhancing and improving presentation skills. Neuro-linguistic programming is a way of changing someone’s thoughts and behaviours to help achieve desired outcomes for them. NLP uses perceptual, behavioral, and communication techniques to make it easier for people to change their thoughts and actions. For close to 45 years, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) has been proven as a consolidated system of the art and science of human excellence for success, helping countless individuals reach new heights in their personal and professional lives. Considering both the conscious and sub-conscious decision-making processes as well as the inner neurological motivations of people, the use of NLP techniques and strategies in business presentations have been proven to help presenters engage and connect with their audience more easily, thereby influencing them. Learn how you could finally overcome your nerves during presentations and become a more confident and competent presenter.