Glossophobia? Improve your online presentation


What is Glossophobia?

Glossophobia is a Fear of Public Speaking.  It is estimated that around 70% of the population has some level of anxiety about public speaking, especially when presenting in front of large groups. In fact, it's estimated by many specialists that almost 3 out 5 people get nervous at just thinking about delivering a presentation.

Ways To Overcome Glossophobia When Online

Online Presentations are often quite nerve wracking for those who have Glossophobia.  However if you do suffer with Glossophobia there are plenty ways you could take action if you're feeling overwhelmed before your next big presentation.

Online presentating has been around for a while now. As technology advances, more and more people are using them to deliver their message to a global audience. This blog will give you some ways you can enhance your presentation online because with online presentations, your audience is more likely to loose interest as you compete for attention against distractions at home as well as a diminished attention span when you are online.

However, a online presentation doesn't meant having to learn a new presenting skills it's often just about your confidence with the skills you already have.

Project a professional image to your audience

Your online presentation is not the time for you be timid and shy away from showing yourself as an individual with personality so wear what makes you feel confident and consider what will look good on camera.

When people engage online they’re looking at who we are rather than just our content; remember to stay professional and make strong eye contact throughout every part of each slide.

Get your point across and make it concise

When you’re presenting, don't say more than what is necessary. Boring people with a monologue or talking your way through slides of information that they can glean just as easily from handouts after will not help them remember anything about the presentation when it's over.

To conclude things, make sure to share some key points and be clear so attendees aren't left asking questions at the end.

Check your lighting

Make sure you are in an area with a lot of natural light. Be sure to consider what time of day it is and whether you need additional lighting in front of you. If you cant do this make sure you're not sitting in front of your computer with only one side lit.

If you do have Glossophobia tendencies you want to make sure you look the best you can.

Use an Ethernet cable to connect directly to your modem

You don't want to freeze there’s nothing worse than your face freezing in an unflattering pose on the screen. If you're using a wireless internet connection, try moving your router to the best location possible. If that doesn't help buy an Ethernet cable so you can connect directly into your modem.

Practice makes perfect!

Practicing is a technique that many find to be the most effective way of learning something. The more you practice in front of a mirror or screen, the better your skills will become reducing your Glossophobia. Make sure you are also competent with the technology.

If you think of the time it takes you to prepare a presentation, 40% such be spent writing and preparing your presentation, and 60% of your effort should go into practicing for it.

Transform nerves into anticipation

It can be so easy to get caught up in worry and overwhelm, but the key is transforming any nerves into anticipation. By feeling a little more excited about the process you'll only feel even better once you share that enthusiasm with others.

Standing powerfully, try a "Wonder Woman" pose, or listening to some upbeat music beforehand can help build your confidence and energy, so you then come across as engaged and enthusiastic when you start.

Visualising your presentation will go well can also set up the right neuro patterns in your mind and help to decrease any anxiety.

Deep breathing whilst waiting for your turn can help to calm you down. And you can also take a couple of deep breaths during the presentation, which might help slow you down if you find you are talking too quickly.

Presume the audience is routing for you

It's good to know that in most presentations, people don't want you to fail. It doesn't happen very often so try not worry about what other people think of you. They are not there to judge you.

How To Do It

Focus on making the audience feel like they are welcome and valued. Maintain eye contact, check your voice or tone for encouragement and speak slowly.

It is always a good idea to do some research beforehand so you are aware what type of questions might come up so you are fully prepared. Remember that people want an answer so don't rush yourself when answering.

It's not about learning a whole new set of presentation skills but being confident in the ones you have. It takes time and practice to determine how a given audience reacts, so don't be afraid to make mistakes or try something new.

Being confident will make the difference between a happy meeting and one that ends without any further action on your part.

Take Steps to Feel Confident Online

Digital calm, confidence and clarity is a must in the modern age. If you want to be able to speak freely and confidently, then perhaps its time for a clarity call.

Using HYPNOTHERAPY & COACHING techniques you could overcome glossophobia and start to present more confidently online.

I look forward to hearing from you

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