Breaking Free: 4 Things Nervous, Over-Preparing Presenters Can Do to Calm Down and Engage

Nervous presenter hides behind sheet of paper

I recently delivered a workshop for eight very nervous presenters. They were a great group and talked very frankly about their worries and concerns about presenting. Their nervousness stemmed from different things. For example, One of the presenters hated being the center of attention, so speaking to groups increased her anxiety. One was a non-native… Read more »

“I Hate Dry Runs” (How To Make Training Prep Less Torturous)

Recently we were working with a group of trainers in a facilitation skills training workshop. During a conversation about how they preferred to prepare, one of them, we’ll call him Steve, said, “I hate dry runs, but we do them all the time. It’s a tortuous process for me.” As a leader or manager of… Read more »

Eye Contact and Pausing… Is That All You Got?!

Engagement requires the intentional use of eye contact and pausing

Some time back, Dale and I were the guest speakers on a webinar. The topic was about how we’ve redefined business presentations as Orderly Conversations. We were talking about the use of eye contact and pausing in order to get yourself engaged in the conversation. When we talk about being engaged as a presenter, we’re… Read more »

What we wish everyone knew about presentation anxiety

Last week I was working with a nervous workshop participant. Let’s call him Nate. Nate said that his biggest concern when presenting was nervousness. “What sort of nervousness is it?” I asked since nervousness is caused by different things for different people. “Is it about the audience, the topic you’re talking about, or something else?”… Read more »

Lecture is not a four-letter word: 3 ways to succeed when you’re doing the talking

I had a conversation over the backyard fence with one of my neighbors a couple days ago. She was home for the weekend after her first two weeks of college. The conversation focused on the campus, her new roommate, and her classes. As far as the classes are concerned, she said that most of them… Read more »

Good Writing Does Not Equal Good Presentations

Ever wonder why your strengths as a writer don’t necessarily translate to speaking in public or when delivering a business presentation? Watch this video to find out why. If you’re a good writer, your strengths may not transfer to the presentations you deliver. Writers are naturally thorough, careful, detailed, and accurate. The presentations you create… Read more »

How Is a Training Session Like a Baby Shower? (Hint: It’s not a good thing.)

I ran across an article online by Christy O’Shoney entitled, “Baby shower games are insane: How our obsession with celebrating moms-to-be got totally out of control.” As I read the article it became clear that what O’Shoney is talking about, what she describes as the recent escalation of forced fun at baby showers, is exactly… Read more »