One of the things that we never know is that some of the most popular public speakers are of the shiest people ever. They hide in the corner before showing up in public. Here we’re talking about people with most watched videos on YouTube, such as Simon Sinek, an inspirational speaker and a bestselling author. However, the secret behind his success is facing the fears, trying harder, learning from errors and practicing as much as possible.
Such people learn how to have confidence and how to give meaningful presentations. Here are some tips from Simon for you that can help you be just like them:
- Many make common mistakes, such as speaking as soon as they come up on stage. Speaking right away brings kind of insecurity and fears. You can walk quickly on stage, breathe deeply, find the perfect spot to stand, wait a bit, and then start speaking. Even though it seems very stressful, it reflects that you are confident and in control of the situation in front of the audience.
- Most people make presentations as a means of marketing for a product, to win views on social media, make people buy their books or even just to be popular. These people are simply “takers” according to Sinek. He considers that such people’s intentions will be detected by the audience after some time, and will lose all the fans. Sinek believes that the audience trusts “givers”, who show some value to people, have something to teach and who can be inspiring.
- Eye contact is definitely an important factor that keeps the audience engaged. Simon suggests that one should look directly to a specific person in the audience for a whole sentence, without breaking the gaze. When you end a sentence, look at another audience until you finish speaking. Just imagine that you are having a conversation with someone, and you are speaking with them and not at them. This will create a bond with the whole audience and not a specific person.
- Do not speak rapidly. When we get nervous, we unconsciously speak in a fast way that it becomes non-understandable. Fortunately, the audience is usually patient. But as they see you are rushing your words, they become more and more uninterested. According to Simon Sinek, it is such a great feeling to see the audience wait for you to pause for a while and take a deep breath. He says that is hardly possible to believe how people will wait for your words, even when there are several seconds between a word and another.
- It is very important to know the audience that you should focus on; the supporters. Avoid looking at people who are disagreeing with what you are saying or who are furrowing eyebrows. Just look at those who are supporting you with nodding faces. You will me more confident and comfortable to see people interacting with you.
- Sinek has learned from the Olympics that one should turn nervousness into excitement in order to succeed. Although athletes show a lot of anxiousness and fear when interviewed after/before their competitions, yet they interpret those fears as factors of excitement and joy. It is the same case as standing on stage. Just try to think and believe that you are just excited and not nervous at all. It will weirdly enough help you change your behavior regarding what you are going to present.
- Don’t forget to offer the applauders a return gift. Express how grateful you are by saying the “thank you” powerful words. Show your appreciation to the time the audience spent listening to you and to the applauses they gave you as a support.