There’s one thing guaranteed to make you nervous if you do it. It’s one of the first and biggest mistakes most people giving corporate presentations make. And that is thinking that there IS such a thing as “a presentation” and that “a presentation” is somehow different from communication.
The reason this is a mistake is because it causes you to go into presentation mode which makes you feel completely unnatural. Now, feeling completely unnatural, you try to talk. Yikes! Now you really do look and sound unnatural!
It’s one thing to put your slides in presentation mode. It’s a completely different thing for YOU to be in presentation mode.
It will work for your slides. It won’t work for you. It starts you off completely on the wrong footing.
If you listen to how most people sound when they’re giving a presentation, you’ll hear they sound completely different than when they’re just talking conversationally. They sound like they’re broadcasting.
Anyone who is in “presentation mode” will talk at the audience and no audience likes to be talked at. That’s a BIG reason why audiences tune out.
Additionally, when you think about what you're doing as “a presentation,” it’s easy to start feeling like you’ve got to perform.
This creates all kinds of problems because when people think of performing, they start worrying about being judged.
This makes them very nervous. It creates anxiety over, “I hope I do well up there” and “What will they think of me?” and “I need to WOW! them.”
How do you correct this mistake? By viewing what you’re doing as communicating.
Keep this in mind whether your audience is 3 or 3,000. It's easy when you're 1-on-1. The skill is to keep doing it as your audience grows.
A performance is judged. A communication is understood.
Great communication creates great understandings. Your job is to cause great understandings.
You don’t want to perfect your “presentation skills”. You want to perfect your communication skills. This will help you feel natural which is, obviously, very, very important. It will also make you effective, which is even more important.
Decide what you absolutely want them to fully understand. And then communicate it, don’t present it. And keep communicating until they thoroughly understand. You’ll see your impact grow.